group of protesters have occupied parts of Islamic Republic Embassy in the Hague
in protest to Iran's oppressive and violent policies.
protesters, who are reportedly of both Iranian and Dutch origins and about
twelve in numbers, have crossed into the Embassy and occupied its outer area in
what they claim is an act of support for Iranian people.
They demand the release of all political prisoners and an end to executions and
torture as well as respect for civil rights.
One of them has told Radio Zamaneh that Iran belongs to all Iranians and its
fate should not be determined only by "dictators and the clergy."
During this act of protest, the flag of the Islamic Republic has been lowered
and replaced with a banner bearing an image of Neda AghaSoltan, the woman who
was shot to death in Tehran's street protests after the disputed June
The protesters at the Embassy were chanting
Persian and Dutch slogans against the Islamic Republic. The Embassy security did
not react to the protesters at first but after 15 minutes endeavored to remove
them from the premises.
Last year, Iranian residents in the Netherlands staged demonstrations on several
occasions in front of the Dutch Parliament and the Iranian Embassy in protest to
the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June presidential
elections and the Islamic Republic's violent crackdown on its protesters in