Protesters storm Iranian embassy in The Hague; 4 arrests

Mobile police post outside an embassy in The Hague
Mobile police post outside an embassy in The Hague. (Photo: cakifoto/DepositPhotos)

A group of around 10 protesters gathered at the Iranian embassy in The Hague on Wednesday. A number of them climbed over the embassy's fence. Others pelted the building with objects. The police arrested four of the demonstrators, the Volkskrant reports.

The protesters were shouting slogans like "Iran regime terrorist", according to the newspaper.

On Tuesday Ministers Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs revealed that Iran was almost certainly involved in two assassinations of Dutch-Iranian men in the Netherlands. Dutch intelligence service AIVD has strong indications of the country's involvement in the murders of Mohammad Samadi in Almere in 2015 and Ahmad Nissi in The Hague in 2017

Both victims opposed the regime in Tehran. Mohammad Samadi was sentenced to death in Iran for a bomb attack on the headquarters of the Islamic Republican Party. In the Netherlands he went by the name Ali Motamed. And Ahmad Nissi was the founder of the Arab Struggle Movement, which fights for the independence of a region in the west of Iran. 

Multiple Dutch media sources report that several members of Nissi's family, including his son, were among the protesters. The police arrested four protesters for disrupting public order and public violence. 

On Saturday, January 5th, the Iranian embassy was also stormed by protesters, according to the Volkskrant. This demonstration was a show of support for anti-government demonstrations in Iran. 

The police placed a mobile surveillance post in front of the embassy.