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This Is Not Iran’s Ambassador Being Assaulted by Protesters

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
4th October 2022
This Is Not Iran’s Ambassador Being Assaulted by Protesters
The man in the video is the head of an Islamic center (Twitter).

The Claim

A video shows protesters in London attacking the Iranian ambassador and asking him to say "death to Khomeini."

Emerging story

Following Mahsa Amini's death, social media users started circulating a video purporting to show the Iranian Ambassador to the U.K. being captured by protesters in London.

According to users who shared the video, protesters forced the ambassador to loudly repeat "Death to Khamenei."

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral video and found the claim to be misleading.

The Victim in the Video Is Not the Iranian Ambassador

Misbar discovered that the video circulating was first published by a journalist in London on September 26, 2022.

The video's translated caption reads, "The regime's ambassador in London was caught in the street; they told him to say death to Khamenei." He later added a comment, stating that the person who was assaulted was the head of an Islamic center, not the Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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Worldwide Iran-Supporting Demonstrations 

The killing of Mahsa Amini by Iranian police sparked protests by Iranians in Iran and throughout the diaspora.

Iran's largest anti-government demonstrations since 2009 have gained traction. As the protests grew in number, the government detained prominent activists and journalists. Moreover, dozens of fatalities were reported.

Human rights activists and Iranian diaspora organizations have staged unprecedented anti-Islamic Republic protests in over 150 cities worldwide.

The protests were organized by Hamed Esmaeilion, a Canadian activist whose daughter and wife were killed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Protests were first seen in East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and cities in Europe and America.

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