Sweden invades Iran; Update: Embassy fence torched in Switzerland

posted at 10:15 am on June 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Call it just a transient taste of irony, along with a surprising venue.  Thirty years ago, Iranian protesters broke into the American embassy in Tehran, starting a 444-day hostage crisis provoked by the Islamic revolution of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.  Yesterday, prompted by another uprising in Iran, another group of protesters attempted to sack an embassy — but this time an Iranian embassy in über-neutral Sweden:

Angry demonstrators broke into the Iranian Embassy outside Stockholm on Friday, climbing in through shattered windows and injuring one embassy worker, police said.

More than 150 people had gathered outside the embassy to protest against the Iranian regime, when some of them attacked the building with rocks and tore down a fence to enter the embassy grounds, police spokesman Ulf Hoglund said. …

“We want a regime change,” said Firouzeh Ghaffrpour, one of the organizers. “The Islamic system is not wanted by the people of Iran.”

The protesters, mostly Iranians, also demanded the embassy be closed.

This particular standoff hasn’t ended yet, either.  The protesters remain at the embassy gates, preventing the personnel from leaving.  One worker got evacuated to a hospital, where his condition is not yet known.

This may turn out to be nothing at all, but it’s not the first time disaffected Iranians attacked one of the mullahs’ embassies.  In 1980, the British had to put a violent end to a hostage crisis in London, although in that case there are strong indications that Saddam Hussein had a role in the attack.  Operation Nimrod established the bona fides of the SAS.  The Swedes may have to keep their own version on alert.

Update: The protesters have gotten more violent in Switzerland.  Gateway Pundit alerts us that the embassy fence has been torched, and the attack caught on tape:

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No problem . . . Obama will settle all of this when he invites the Mullahs to his 4th of July party.

rplat on June 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

When will we start OUR green revolution?

Must we wait until socialized medicine and amnesty pass?

artist on June 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

This is severally going to hamper Sweden’s ability to sell products and resources to all parties involved.

Caper29 on June 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Cue Tehran Tom to tell us it’s really a CIA-backed coup lead by a terrorist group known as the Gladiators. Beware the magic mystery bullets.

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I’d move to Sweden.

txag92 on June 27, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Who were these rampaging Sweeds?

Mr. Joe on June 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

“We want a regime change,” said Firouzeh Ghaffrpour, one of the organizers. “The Islamic system is not wanted by the people of Iran.

That’s encouraging.

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Who were these rampaging Sweeds?

Mr. Joe on June 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM

p-ing my pants.

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Those crazy Norsemen..

MaximusConfessor on June 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Jimmy Carter needs to be stationed at all Iranian embassies around the world to ensure the continued safety of their inhabitants and the continuance of the Islamonazi dream of world domination.

29Victor on June 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

No problem . . . Obama will settle all of this when he invites the Mullahs to his 4th of July party.

rplat on June 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Hot dogs for peace!

spmat on June 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

In 1980, the British had to put a violent end to a hostage crisis in London, although in that case there are strong indications that Saddam Hussein had a role in the attack.

The surviving terrorist was sentenced to life in prison, released in 2008. The UK refused to deport him and instead gave him a new identity, a free place to live, and a monthly welfare stipend.

The Weenies never want to deport these people back to the countries where they came from because they may be tortured and/or tried and executed. However, if more terrorists knew that the worse that could happen to them was not a comfy cell for X number of years, then release to a comfy flat, and instead to real punishment, maybe they would be less likely to kill westerners in our own countries.

Blake on June 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Iran has an embassy in Sweden yet hasn’t a clue about the country’s defense motto?

“The Swedes defend their walls with men, not their men with walls!”

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Those crazy Norsemen..

MaximusConfessor on June 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Berzerkers?

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

You know what would help this situation? Hot dogs and Hamburgers. And maybe some potato salad and corn on the cob.

TheBigOldDog on June 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Perhaps the protesters can beg the UN for a resolution to observe from afar?

Shame on us for opening the can of worms called democracy.

kregg on June 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Why are they in Sweden?

OldEnglish on June 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Yihad!

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Why are they in Sweden?

OldEnglish on June 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Women’s volleyball.

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Goot yoke vuhmin!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Yihad!

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

HA!!

katy on June 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM

just too funny in these painful times….

patrick neid on June 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Women’s volleyball.

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Oh, fair enough! Do carry on. :)

OldEnglish on June 27, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Racist ISLAMOPHOBES!

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Just words.

Speakup on June 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Uppity Iranians.

Howcome on June 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

kregg on June 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

LOL

cmsinaz on June 27, 2009 at 10:59 AM

in über-neutral Sweden

The Swedes may be neutral pacifists, but unlike Obama, at least they have meatballs.

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Dear God, does Sweden have to show us the way?

BetseyRoss on June 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Jimmy Carter needs to be stationed at all Iranian embassies around the world…

Ahhh 20Victor, that would mean cloning multiple copies of that asshat.

The original has already done enough damage to outlast several lifetimes.

NO THANKS!!!!!

CPT. Charles on June 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Does DHS know about this!

Has the FBI been alerted!

Wouldn’t be a prudent step,to round up all the Sweds,
just in case they run amuck!!(Sarc)

canopfor on June 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Wait a tic,I have a brilliant idea!

How about,somebody,*Wink-Wink*,gives the Swed’s,
the address,of the Liberal Party,and tell the Sewds,
that the Liberals have,’Iranian guests’!!(Kidding)

canopfor on June 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Certain people don’t get it that embassies aren’t there to be easy targets of violence whenever you don’t like the country the ambassadors represent. The concept is too complex for savages to understand.

Crusty on June 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Jimmy Carter needs to be stationed at all Iranian embassies around the world…

Ah, 29Victor, that would making multiple clones of that fool.

No thanks. The original has done enough damage to last several lifetimes.

CPT. Charles on June 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Certain people don’t get it that embassies aren’t there to be easy targets of violence whenever you don’t like the country the ambassadors represent. The concept is too complex for savages to understand.

Crusty on June 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM

When in Rome..

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Yea thats gonna work!

LSUMama on June 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The Swedes may have to keep their own version on alert.

I’ve heard Sweden plans to break out their ultimate weapon: lutefisk.

irishspy on June 27, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Yerk de herkdaferden bafooda hooda.

Bishop on June 27, 2009 at 11:39 AM

The swedes love reenactments.

Libertarian Joseph on June 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM

All of the Scandanavian countries and many other Euros are learning the hard about the effects of open borders and a PC police department. I was in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden a year ago and there are many many people from Middle Eastern countries living there. I heard that cities like Malmo in Sweden will become a Muslim majority in a few years. Malmo was the city where thousands showed up to protest the Israeli player in the Davis Cup and as usual the police did nothing.

Deanna on June 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Sweden invades Iran

The world is now officially upside down.

When the Swedes start invading… it’s official.

Chaz706 on June 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Breaking!

Ochimpy apologizes to the Mullahs for….well EVERYTHING. Meanwhile, PALOMINO and her minions of Satan pass a bill banning the import of Swedish Fish to Amerika in order to punish Sweden for it’s radical views.

csdeven on June 27, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Yihad!

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

+100
and
+100

iurockhead on June 27, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Track-back video! Iran protester shot in the head (WARNING!), “Iran Protests Winding Down?”:

http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/iran-protests-winding-down.html

Donald Douglas on June 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Ed, your ignorance is showing. The SAS is the original special operations outfit. All the others are copies. They probably don’t mind you spreading dis-information about them, though.

scattershot on June 27, 2009 at 12:54 PM

The hedonistic capitol of the world gets it, and we don’t?

Speakup on June 27, 2009 at 1:01 PM

“Operation Nimrod established the bona fides of the SAS.”

Hardly. The SAS was formed in 1942. It did not take them 38 years to establish their “bona fides”. That was established by 1943.

You are aware that the establishment of Special Forces Detachment-Delta was by an Army officer that had just gotten back from an exchange tour with the SAS in the early 70s? He lifted their training sylibis and selection criteria for his new counter terrorism unit…

DJ Elliott on June 27, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Du gamla, du fria, du fjall hoga nord!

Johnson on June 27, 2009 at 1:58 PM

What I noticed most was all the little bitty, tiny weenie
soapbox sized cars.

That’s where were headed . . . Barf

Texyank on June 27, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Sweden and Swiss , two neutral countries , often mixed up.

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Yesterday, prompted by another uprising in Iran, another group of protesters attempted to sack an embassy — but this time an Iranian embassy in über-neutral Sweden:

But it was still Iranians doing it. It’s the culture.

progressoverpeace on June 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Throw meatballs at the embassy.

That’ll show ‘em.

Daggett on June 27, 2009 at 2:40 PM

How is setting fire to an iron and concrete fence…you can’t even set fire to it…dumb Swedes…oh, wait, I’m half Swedish…damn.

Was there, what-one or two guys doing that? Hardly shades of Tehran 1979.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2009 at 2:44 PM

When will we start OUR green revolution?

Must we wait until socialized medicine and amnesty pass?

artist on June 27, 2009 at 10:19 AM

And don’t forget cap & loot.

iconoclast on June 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Feed them lutefisk wrapped in bacon.

gbear on June 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Norway will have to occupy Sweden to restore order and socialism.

Tc0061 on June 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

“We want a regime change,” said Firouzeh Ghaffrpour, one of the organizers. “The Islamic system is not wanted by the people of Iran.”

Says the man living in Sweden breaking into Iranian embassies in a “peaceful” manner…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Let’s just hope we don’t take anymore Iranians in this country (at least not yet). I don’t know if we could absorb them… We need to start looking at the European problem and stopping it from happening here. I know, harsh…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Says the man living in Sweden breaking into Iranian embassies in a “peaceful” manner…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Let’s just hope we don’t take anymore Iranians in this country (at least not yet). I don’t know if we could absorb them… We need to start looking at the European problem and stopping it from happening here. I know, harsh…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Iranians fighting the mullahs isn’t the problem.

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Iranians fighting the mullahs isn’t the problem.

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

No, maybe just the manner in which they fight the mullahs… It might hint at what future regime they want…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Iranians fighting the mullahs isn’t the problem.

the_nile on June 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

When they do it Iranian-style, in a Western country, it is.

progressoverpeace on June 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I took too long thinking about that one sentence of mine.
I should have refreshed … but refreshing is for pussies, anyway, like doing crosswords in pencil :)

progressoverpeace on June 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I took too long thinking about that one sentence of mine.
I should have refreshed … but refreshing is for pussies, anyway, like doing crosswords in pencil :)

progressoverpeace on June 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM

As I’ve been told of the /sarc tag. I guess that makes me half p*ssy. :)

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Heh.

progressoverpeace on June 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

When things start getting worse in Iraq (as I’m sure Pantywaste in Chief would want…), I wonder how many Iraqi refugees living in Sweden will start attacking embassies…

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Raising my hand to volunteer to man a Patriot Battery outside Stockholm. Somewhere cozy…..with a sauna maybe.

Limerick on June 27, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Yumpin Yiminy!

ericdijon on June 27, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Yihad!

Loxodonta on June 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I’m assuming Mr. Tudball or the Swedish Chef couldn’t be reached for comment?

BillH on June 27, 2009 at 4:57 PM

I don’t think Sweden has done anything to anybody since they invaded Poland in the 1650s-1660s.

Jeff from WI on June 27, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I don’t think Sweden has done anything to anybody since they invaded Poland in the 1650s-1660s.

Jeff from WI on June 27, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Didn’t they invade the Midwest? /sarc

Now… what have Iranians been doing…? Burning embassies – it comes so naturally to them.

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Didn’t they invade the Midwest? /sarc

Now… what have Iranians been doing…? Burning embassies – it comes so naturally to them.

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Yes, they invaded Minnesota, but heck, it’s only Minnesota so it doesn’t count.

Jeff from WI on June 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Yes, they invaded Minnesota, but heck, it’s only Minnesota so it doesn’t count.

Jeff from WI on June 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Oh, that’s harsh. I’d say Minnesota > Iran *IMHO*

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Johnson on June 27, 2009 at 1:58 PM

You misspelled fjällhöga :)

Tc0061 on June 27, 2009 at 5:52 PM

I was wrong about Norway. The Norwegians won’t do anything. They are too busy being afraid of ticks.

Tc0061 on June 27, 2009 at 5:56 PM

God bless ‘em.

Lockstein13 on June 27, 2009 at 5:59 PM

So, after spending several hours with the protesters, did the Iranian embassy workers begin to feel sympathy for them? Perhaps start protesting with them? /stockholm syndrome

cjtony97 on June 27, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Feed them lutefisk wrapped in bacon.

gbear on June 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Gaah! I wouldn’t feed lutefisk to a dog.

CPT. Charles on June 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Genius, he throws a Molotov cocktail against a metal gate and then stares at the flame wondering why the fence didn’t come down.

Europe is about to get a lot more of this sort of thing due to their open door policy towards the Middle East.

walkingboss on June 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Texyank,

It looked like a Matchbox derby to me.

walkingboss on June 27, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Blake on June 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM
You shouldn’t really try to underplay the role of S.A.S in this seige.
I remember watching it.It was first operation we saw unfold live on T.V
They S.A.S didn’t go in to take any prisoners, Thatcher said ‘no martyrs’.

The crime was committed directly against Iranian nationals on Iranian soil.
The Terrorist gunmen hailed from the Khuzistan province of Iran and stated their seizure of the Embassy was to draw attention from the world to the Khuzistani people’s disapproval of the Ayatollahs new regime in Iran and their plea for a self-governing state of their own. By seizing the Embassy they sought to gain western pressure on the Iranian government to do just that, while threatening Iranian diplomats and citizens to push Iran to act.

The terrorist’s tried to hide amongts the hostages when released ,they all had to lie on their fronts,and had their arms cuffed behind there backs until they worked out who was the sole terrorist who survived.
Killing him in that position wouldn’t of looked good on live T.V.
He was tried and found guilty.
Even then we knew that to fight terrorism you need informers
and knowledge.
Iran wants him extradited to face the charge of protesting againts the Ayatollah.

Just to be a little cheeky, can the U.K have the I.R.A terrorist’s that are in the U.S who you have refused to extridite claiming they won’t get a fair trial here.

mags on June 27, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Just to be a little cheeky, can the U.K have the I.R.A terrorist’s that are in the U.S who you have refused to extridite claiming they won’t get a fair trial here.

mags on June 27, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Oh, how I wish, yes!

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 7:16 PM

This could be the Swedish CIA!

Cybergeezer on June 27, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Maybe Scandinavian CIA! From Scandinavia.

Cybergeezer on June 27, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Doesn’t anyone cut the grass in Stockholm? Or pull weeds? I guess that’s what socialism gives you.

angryed on June 27, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Send the Swedish Bikini Team to Tehran. They’ll kick the mullahs asses.

Percy_Peabody on June 27, 2009 at 9:08 PM

I periodically check out the official website of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to see if they have issued a statement on the happenings in Iran. I have thus far, failed to find any mention of Iran on their site. Of course, it may be that they posted something briefly and I missed it. Or it may be that their national leaders have issued a statement which doesn’t appear on the website. Maybe it’s all my ineptitude, but I just can’t find any mention or statement by CAIR.

Of course, any time you read their website, you will find lots of reports of anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia that they report, as well as reports of all the good works they are doing to promote inter-faith understanding and articles that dispel rumors about the group.

I have found a statement on Iran on the website of the Islamic Society of North America, which calls on the Iranian government to release those arrested during the disturbances, particularly one individual. That’s about as far as it goes.

But nothing from CAIR. Can anybody help me out here? Or does CAIR not want to discuss the atrocities and crimes carried out by Islamic governments against their own people? If you want to find CAIR condemnations of Israel when it fights back against terrorists, you will be rewarded. But what about an Islamic government (that’s what it calls itself) murdering its own people on the streets of Iranian cities?

So if anyone can illuminate me on any statements by CAIR, it’s executive director, Nihad Awad or press spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, I will be happy to acknowledge them.

gary fouse
fousesquawk

gary fouse on June 27, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Sh*t sh*t sh*t! It appears persiankiwi has been arrested.

Pablo on June 27, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Hot dogs for peace!

spmat on June 27, 2009 at 10:29 AM

100% Pork I presume.

chemman on June 27, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Oh, how I wish, yes!

Upstater85 on June 27, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I have got a better idea .Will you put them on a rendition flight to gitmo with a selection of kitchen equipment up their backside’s.

mags on June 28, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Does this name strike you as Swedish? Firouzeh Ghaffrpour.
Named as an organizer. Not likely to be characterized as nordic.

LarryG on June 28, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Hot Air readers, get a good look at their tiny cars. You’ll be seeing them here in the U.S. soon.

shick on June 28, 2009 at 4:29 PM

That’s the first thing I noticed (other than the video appearing to be staged)

Those are some retarded cars.

Kelligan on June 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM