Cartoon row: Iran vows to stop embassy attacks
Iranian security forces have been told to "do their best" to prevent violent attacks against foreign embassies.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 16:02 IST
Iranian security forces have been told to "do their best" to prevent violent attacks against foreign embassies, the Islamic republic's interior minister was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Recent weeks have seen a string of officially sanctioned and destructive protests outside several European embassies in a display of anger over the publication in Europe of caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
"It is people's natural right to protest," Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi was quoted as saying in several newspapers.
But he added, "We order the security forces to do their best to protect these embassies and ambassadors".
"We will not allow anyone to attack foreign embassies and the ambassadors. We are officially responsible to protect them."
During the demonstrations, protestors have been able to throw rocks, firecrackers or petrol bombs at the embassies of Denmark, Norway, Austria, France, Germany and Britain -- even though anti-riot police has been present.
Several Islamic vigilantes were also able to enter and ransack the Danish embassy.