London, England, September 26. Some 12 people were arrested and at least five police officers seriously injured after violent riots broke out during protests outside the Iranian embassy in London, British police said.
Large crowds had gathered outside the building all week to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of Iranian authorities after being detained for failing to properly cover her hair with a veil.
The London Metropolitan Police reported that most of the protesters had protested peacefully, but on Sunday a group of activists sought to confront the police and protesters who had other positions.
Police said officers had bottles and other objects thrown at them as they guarded the embassy, and that protesters also targeted the nearby Islamic Center of England. At least five police officers were hospitalized with injuries including broken bones, police added.
Amini was arrested for allegedly breaking the rules for wearing the veils and died on September 16. Iranian police said she died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, but her family has disputed that claim. The clashes in London come as protests over her death spread through dozens of Iranian cities, towns and villages.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it had summoned the British ambassador to protest what it sees as a hostile atmosphere created by London-based Farsi-language media. The Foreign Ministry alleged that the media is inciting the riots through its programs.