Dozens of protesters in London have continued to clash with police outside the Iranian embassy for a second day, after a woman was allegedly tortured to death for wearing her hijab too loosely in Iran.
Crowds remained outside the embassy today in Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, after protests broke out on Sunday following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
A large group of predominantly men, some wearing Iran’s pre-revolutionary national flag, continued to demand an end to the Islamic Republic of Iran as police did their best to hold them at bay.
Videos posted to social media showed missiles and a metal railing being thrown at the embassy and officers, as the line of police struggled to contain the crowd.
On Monday evening, a Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers continue to respond to demonstrations in the vicinity of the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, SW7.
‘On the afternoon of Monday, September 26 a number of protesters were involved in disorder.
‘One man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and taken into custody. A significant policing presence remains the area.’
In Iran, officials say 35 people have been killed since protests broke out, though the figure is believed to be above 40. While clashes have continued in several cities across the world.
Clashes have continued to occur today between protesters and police outside the Iranian embassy in London, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Iran after she was detained by the country’s morality police
The Iranian Embassy building in Knightsbridge had paint thrown on it and windows smashed as protesters gathered outside
Protests started outside the embassy on Sunday, when 12 people were arrested and several police officers were hospitalised
The protests have been raging in Iran, where at least 40 people are believed to have died since the unrest began – mostly protesters but including members of the Islamic republic’s security forces (Pictured: A protester in London being taken away by police)
Footage on social media showed protesters throwing a metal railing and breaching police lines (pictured a man being detained on the floor)
Mahsa Amini, 22, died in police custody after being detained by Iranian morality police over hijab laws
Footage posted online from Sunday’s protest showed scuffles breaking out among those in the crowd.
One clip showed two officers wrestling a campaigner – who appeared to have broken through the police line – to the ground.
Scotland Yard said several Metropolitan police officers sustained injuries during the protests, including broken bones, but none are believed to have been seriously hurt.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘The scenes that took place last night were completely unacceptable. The selfish minority who attempted to hijack a peaceful protest must be brought to justice.
‘The right to protest is a cornerstone of our democracy, but violence and attacks on our police and communities will never be tolerated. I am in close contact with the Met Commissioner and the police have my full support in pursuing those behind the disorder.
‘On behalf of all Londoners, I wish all the officers injured a swift recovery and urge anyone with information on those involved to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously.’
Commander Karen Findlay said: ‘We respect the right of people to protest peacefully and always work with organisers to make that possible, but we will not tolerate unprovoked attacks on our officers as we have seen today or protest that leaves other communities feeling unsafe.
‘We have officers in hospital tonight because they were attacked in what was a significant outbreak of violent disorder. We will make sure they get the support they need.
‘We have already made a number of arrests, but we know there are people who were not caught tonight who committed serious offences.
‘In the coming days, we will be using all the tools at our disposal – including CCTV and other footage – to identify those people and bring them to justice.’
A police officer arrests a protester outside the Embassy of Iran in London earlier today, as crowd gathered for a second day
Police officers were seen preventing a crowd of protesters of charging at the embassy in Iran, while several managed to break through the line
Scotland Yard said the disorder at Sunday’s protest initially broke out in the immediate vicinity of the Iranian embassy in London before moving to Marble Arch and then to Maida Vale (pictured) where the Islamic Centre of England was targeted
Protesters on Sunday demonstrating outside the Kilburn Islamic Centre on Kilburn High Road in London following the death of Mahsa Amini in an Iranian detention centre
Footage shared only showed angry protesters shouting and pushing against officers who had formed a line in front of the embassy on Sunday afternoon
Two women are asked to leave the area after stopping to clash with protesters outside Kilburn Islamic Centre in London
Protests originally broke out in north-western Iran at the funeral of Amini, who died after falling into a coma following her detention.
Her cousin has since said that she was ‘tortured and insulted’ before she died.
Hundreds of demonstrators, reformist activists and journalists have been arrested amid the mostly night-time demonstrations since unrest first broke out after Amini’s death on September 16.
At least 41 people have died since the unrest began, mostly protesters but including members of the Islamic republic’s security forces, according to an official toll, although other sources say the real figure is higher.
Amini’s cousin, Erfan Mortezaei, has said that on the day she was arrested, she was forced into a police van and taken to the station where she was ‘tortured’.
‘There is a report from Kasra hospital [in Tehran] that says effectively by the time she reached the hospital she was already dead from a medical point of view,’ he told Sky News.
‘She suffered a concussion from a blow to the head.’
He said that Amini has since become a voice of the anger coming from Iranian people, as uprisings spread across the country.