Iran has summoned the UK ambassador as hardline militia members mass outside the British embassy in Tehran.
The British ambassador to Iran earlier denied taking part in anti-government demonstrations after he was held by Iranian authorities during protests over a fatal plane crash.
Iranian authorities detained Rob Macaire on Saturday on suspicion of organising, provoking and directing radical actions, but an Iranian news agency later said he had been summoned over his attendance at an “anti-government rally”.
It comes as members of Iran’s Basij militia, which is affiliated with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, gathered outside the UK embassy in Tehran demanding it be closed, according to Iranian state media.
Video footage shows a large group assembled around a small truck with speakers erected on its roof, many of whom are holding placards written in Farsi and pictures of assassinated General Qassem Soleimani.
Meanwhile, riot police and plainclothes officers have moved into Tehran’s Vali e Asr Square in large numbers amid calls for further anti-government protests.
Source: Sky news