04 Dec '11, 1pm

British embassy attack 'illegal' says top #Iran cleric

Iran's regime has started to distance itself from militant protesters who stormed Britain's embassy, after seemingly being caught off balance by the retaliatory closure of its mission in London. Two senior clerics on the weekend sought to portray the hundreds of protesters who invaded and trashed the embassy and a second British diplomatic compound last Tuesday as having acted without official endorsement or orders. One of them, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who is close to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the assaults and occupation of any embassy "illegal" and tantamount to invading another country. The criticism of the protesters -- described by officials on the day of the rampages as student members of the Basij militia controlled by Iran's Revolutionary Guards -- was an abrupt U-turn from previous comments defending them. The reversal in the official li...

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