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Archive for June 16, 2019

Newsline: Iran’s London Ambassador Complains Protestor Blocks Embassy Doorway

Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, says the husband of a dual national, British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has blocked the doorway to the embassy. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard, spent June 15 night in a tent near the embassy in Kensigton, London in solidarity with her wife who went on hunger strike on the same day at Evin Prison in Tehran. (https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-s-london-ambassador-complains-protestor-blocks-embassy-doorway/30002328.html) Nazanin has been in jail in Tehran since April 2016 when Iranian security agents prevented her and her daughter from flying back to London at the end of a visit to Iran. On June 15, a small group of human rights activists celebrated Ratcliffes’ daughters’ fifth birthday in front of the embassy. The emotional scene aired on many TV networks across the globe must have embarrassed the ambassador whose doorway is clear in all the footages aired. Television news on June 16 morning showed Mr. Ratcliffe, sitting next to a green tent with another man in a safe distance from the doorway, and the embassy did not seem to be busy.