Ira­nian Embassy in Paris dam­aged; Tehran knocks po­lice work

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THE Ira­nian Embassy was dam­aged by a crowd that a lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cial said Satur­day was made up of “in­di­vid­u­als,” while Iran’s For­eign Min­istry ac­cused them of be­ing ex­trem­ists and charged that the re­sponse by au­thor­i­ties in Paris was slow and weak.

Iran’s For­eign Min­istry said protesters tried to attack embassy Fri­day, the coun­try’s of­fi­cial IRNA news agency re­ported. IRNA quoted min­istry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as say­ing of­fi­cers did not ar­rive quickly af­ter the dis­tur­bance was re­ported. He said the trou­ble­mak­ers were mem­bers of an ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion that he did not iden­tify, IRNA said. “It is nec­es­sary for the French gov­ern­ment to take se­ri­ous mea­sures to pro­tect Ira­nian diplo­matic mis­sions in that coun­try,” Ghasemi said, ac­cord­ing to the news agency.

A Paris po­lice spokes­woman gave a some­what dif­fer­ent ver­sion of what tran­spired. She said “in­di­vid­u­als” threw ob­jects and smashed win­dows at the embassy. She said she did not have in­for­ma­tion about the mo­tives or iden­ti­ties of the peo­ple out­side the embassy. The spokes­woman said the re­spond­ing of­fi­cers searched 12 peo­ple, but didn’t take any­one into cus­tody be­cause embassy per­son­nel didn’t want to file a com­plaint. She de­clined to give her name, a com­mon po­lice prac­tice in France.

Ghasemi said some sus­pects were ar­rested and Iran has asked the French gov­ern­ment to pros­e­cute and pun­ish them, IRNA re­ported. Tehran is do­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the com­mo­tion and the al­legedly tardy ar­rival of Paris po­lice, the news agency said.

Iran’s pow­er­ful Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard last week claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a mis­sile attack tar­get­ing an Iraqi base of the Kur­dish sep­a­ratist group Party of Demo­cratic Kur­dis­tan of Iran. The Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard said the attack killed at least 11 peo­ple and wounded 50. –

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