May 13th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Protesters turn violent outside Iranian embassies in Sweden, Denmark

Protesters in Sweden and Denmark on Thursday assaulted Iran's embassies as demonstrations there turned violent.

Demonstrators at the Iranian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, pelted the building with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, police said.

No one was injured, said Carina Andersson, city police spokeswoman. Five people were arrested and four windows were shattered in the melee, she said.

Protesters had permission to stage a demonstration between 3 and 6 p.m., she said. The event was devoted to opposing the death penalty and deploring five recent executions in Iran.

While 50 people were expected, many more came and the demonstration turned violent when around 100 people tried to storm and pelt the embassy, Andersson said. Police were out in force and were able to block the protesters from getting into the building.

The protest was "in defence of the Iranian people," according to the application the organizers had submitted for the permission to protest, Andersson said.

CNN Swedish affiliate TV4 reported that an organization called the International Committee against the Death Penalty was behind the protest.

"We are protesting against the death penalty and for the fight in Iran against executions. We condemn the regime that had five political activists executed this Sunday," Mamad Amiri, who represents the organization, told Sweden's TT wire service.

Another protest is scheduled to take place Friday at the same time.

"We'll see how that one turns out," Andersson said.

In Denmark, Copenhagen police spokesman Mads Firlings said around 100 protesters stoned the Iranian Embassy and police, who used pepper spray on the demonstrators and had to call in reinforcements. Four people were arrested and one police officer was slightly wounded.

In Iran on Sunday, five people were hanged inside Tehran's Evin Prison for "anti-revolutionary" activities, Iran state media said.

One was executed for his connections to the 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz, the state media reports said. The other four had ties to the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, a militant Kurdish nationalist group accused of carrying out attacks in Iran, the reports said.

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  1. Jim

    Iran should abolish the death penalty only after it executes its President and the religious zealots to whom his beholden. Give Iran back to its people, allow them to be governed by a free and democratic government, restore their freedoms, and Iran will become the most beautiful and progressive country in the middle east. God how they have suffered before, and since, their revolution. As an American, I believe that if the Iranian people were a free people, the entire middle east conflicts would come to a halt. Ever since the 70's the Iranian government, including most particularly its religious leaders, have been the biggest exporters of state sponsored terrorism. Imagine what the middle east would look like if Iran's state sponsored terrorism and support for terrorist groups came to an abrupt end. It would be awesome.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JG in NY

    The saddest part of this whole story is that there is only one comment!
    But with Jim on that comment, I am entirely in agreement!!
    Iran could be a paradise on Earth if it were ever to be led by rational, responsible people... those who would reflect the will of the vast majority of its populace. The current zealots and past puppets have destroyed the place.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RozTlp

    I am not surprised this important article has so little commentary
    It is as if the journalist is surprised that anyone would take interest in executions in Iran.
    Russia, Middle East & African countries can execute hundreds and kill thousands with little comment by the Mainstream Media or protest (save those pure heart honest protesters above).
    Whenever an OECD or western country does something like kill one person accidentaly – there are heated op-eds across the press and virulent calls about the "End of Democracy".

    Sad, but those who know this will also read about the truth:

    May 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    Iran is a good country.
    These are just left-wing-racist who want Iran under there global control.
    Up Iran! Down with zionist-bigots

    January 24, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |