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1 arrested in London after Iran’s Raisi memorial event


Published: 18:16, 25 May 2024

1 arrested in London after Iran’s Raisi memorial event

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One person has been arrested and four injured as supporters of Iran's government and anti-government protesters clashed in London after an event honoring late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, London's Metropolitan Police said on Saturday (25 May).

"Anti-government protesters had gathered outside the venue [of the event marking the death of the Iranian president] and clashes had broken out between the groups ... Four people were injured ... One man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder," the Metropolitan Police said on X.

The riots occurred in the northwest London neighborhood of Wembley, the police said, adding that the victims' injuries were not life-threatening. A further investigation will be conducted to determine other types of crimes following the event and those involved, which will include reviewing videos posted on social media sites, the police added.

Last week, Raisi went to Azerbaijan to participate in the opening ceremony of the Giz Galasi dam and the commissioning of the Khudafarin dam on the joint border. Raisi's helicopter crash-landed on its way back to Iran, leaving the president and his delegation, which included Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, dead. Preliminary findings of an official Iranian probe suggest the helicopter caught fire after colliding with a hilltop amid thick fog.