Heavily armed police team and armoured vehicles are currently stationed at the business park in Chiswick area of West London to protect the plate-glass building that houses the offices of Iran International, an independent Farsi-language news channel over the media coverage of the ongoing protest in Iran.
The Iran International, we learnt, incurred the fury of Iran government following the broadcast media 24-hours reportage of the ongoing protests that engulfed Iran since the death in police custody of 22-year old Mahsa Amini, allegedly arrested for not wearing her hijab correctly.
“This has to be the biggest armed police operation around a commercial building in this country that I can think of,” says a spokesman for Iran International.
“It is certainly reminiscent of Tony Blair’s deployment of armoured vehicles to Heathrow in February 2003 in response to a perceived terror threat.
“Founded in 2017 by a former BBC Persian journalist, Iran International broadcasts into Iran by satellite.
“It has been providing 24-hour rolling news coverage of the huge street protests that have engulfed Iran since the death in police custody of 22-year old Mahsa Amini, allegedly arrested for not wearing her hijab head covering correctly”, BBC report reads.
BBC added that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps behind the current regime has been targeting Iranian opposition journalists based in Britain.
“Many of the protests have been calling for an end to the oppressive rule of the Islamic Republic.
“But instead of listening to people’s demands, the authorities in Iran have arrested thousands and accused Western nations and the free media they host of stirring up the protests and provoking unrest.
“So far, so familiar. That has been the refrain each time protests in Iran have erupted, but this time it’s different”, according to BBC.