Dozens of Iranian protesters have entered the British Embassy compound in Tehran, smashing windows and burning the British flag during a rally against new sanctions London has imposed over Iran's nuclear program.
Protesters break into the British Embassy in Tehran on November 29.
Iran's English-language broadcaster, Press TV, showed images of people throwing stones and papers in the air. The Press TV website described the incident in a headline as "Iranian Students Pull Down UK Flag."
One person held a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth II apparently found inside the compound.
The intrusion occurred as Iranian police in riot gear stood by watching.
Later, Fars news agency reported that riot police were attempting to remove intruders from the compound.
Outside the embassy's walls, several hundred other demonstrators were gathered, some of them chanting "Death to Britain!" and demanding the British ambassador leave the country immediately.
The Foreign Office in London said it was "outraged" by the incursion and called it "unacceptable."
The demonstration came a day after Iran passed a law to expel the ambassador within the next two weeks in retaliation for new British sanctions that cut off all ties with Iran's financial sector.
An encroachment on the U.K. diplomatic zone in the Iranian capital could stoke memories of the storming in 1979 of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in support of the Iranian Revolution, an event that kicked off a 444-day hostage crisis and soured mutual relations.
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