Irdc: UK embassy has a long history in acting against Iranian nation, and 2009 protests were good examples to prove that. Before the election, Britain sent its new ambassador, Simon Gass, to Tehran to play leading role in the election.
Mir Muhammad Hossein Rassam, chief analyst of UK embassy, who was arrested after the election, confessed that the embassy had ordered him to attend the protests: "After the election, the protests were in process and following the orders, the embassy had asked the local staff to attend the protests with Mr. Tomburn from the political section and Mr. Calberoni from visa section, both expelled from Iran now.
Tomburn, the second political secretary of the embassy, had attended the protests in Sanaei and Motahhari street on June 14 2009, and the first secretary was there too. The embassy charge d'affairs had attended the demonstration in Enqelab street, heading to Sharif University. Samuel Urgan, the third secretary of the embassy was among the protesters between Shariati and Motahhari streets, on June 15. Tomburn took part in demonstration in Enqelab street in June 18, and Mr. Paul Brownie deputy chief in visa section, was seen taking photos of the protest in Ferdowsi street on June 18. Samuel Morgan was among the protesters in Karimkhan street on June 17. Mr. Alex Penfield, first secretary of the embassy had asked the local staff to take photos of the destruction protesters had made in Baharestan square, in an illegal gathering. UK ambassador and charge d'affairs, on June 18 2009, had gone to watch Mousavi's supporters holding a clam but illegal demonstration. Mr. Demetrius, one of the other members of the political section of the embassy, had attended the protests twice, wearing green. He went to Narmak district on the election day. He had asked people questions about voter turnout and their favourite candidate. UK ambassador used to hold meetings with the embassy staff every morning at 9:00. They discussed the news and he reported them to London."
Rassam says: "During the time I worked for the UK embassy, I came to the conclusion that the government of the United Kingdom wanted to induce his contacts that the election was the lucky break for the oppositive groups of Iran's government, and that they could make moves to change the structure and the behaviors in the election. They gave them hope, that if any problem occurred, Europeans and EU were going to have their back.
Translated by: Roya Jalali