Iranian embassy demos turn violent

Anti-death penalty protesters try to break into Swedish, Danish sites.

May 13, 2010 19:44
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Protests outside Iranian embassies in Sweden and Denmark turned violent Thursday as rock-throwing demonstrators tried to force their way into the compounds.

In Stockholm, one demonstrator received minor arm injuries and several people were arrested as protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the embassy building. Police said the crowd of around 250 people demonstrating against capital punishment in Iran also burned flags.

Police spokeswoman Christina Johansson said the violence began when about 70 demonstrators tried to push their way through a line of police and into the embassy grounds.

The exact number or arrests was not available, but Johansson estimated them at about five.

In a similar protest at the Iranian Embassy outside Copenhagen, police used pepper spray to try to disperse a group of around 100 rock-throwing demonstrators. Police spokesman Mads Firlings said one officer received minor injuries and four people were arrested.

Both demonstrations appeared to have calmed down later Thursday.

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