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EghtesadOnline: Tehran governor's office on Sunday banned demonstrations in front of diplomatic representations.

Deputy Governor General of Tehran Province for Political and Disciplinary Affairs Ali-Asghar Naserbakht said that police will take action against any illegal gathering outside diplomatic representations.

According to IRNA, Naserbakht said no permission has yet been issued for any sit-in outside Turkish Embassy in Tehran on Friday and warned that the governorate office of Tehran will have police forcefully deal with any illegal gathering outside the diplomatic representations.

'Since Sunday morning many announcements have been issued in the cyberspace for sit-in outside the UK and Turkish embassies on Monday evening. No request about demonstrations or si-in gathering outside the Turkish Embassy has yet been received by Tehran Governorate Office; so, any gathering to that effect will be illegal,' Naserbakht told IRNA.

He said the Greater Tehran Police Command has been informed that regarding the need to safeguard immunity of diplomatic offices, necessary precautionary measures should be taken maintaining vigilance, to check any illegal meeting.

Asked whether the demonstrators will be considered guilty or offender with respect to the fact that no necessary legal permission had been issued, Naserbakht said if the gathering is merely unauthorized, it will be an instance of offense and the police will have to deal with it but if police or diplomatic representations are subject to invasion, it will be an instance of crime. 

'Precise identification of the case (crime or offense) rests with the judicial authorities.'

He had already told IRNA, no request for holding a meeting outside the UK Embassy had yet been sent Tehran Governorate Office and on that basis, any demonstration outside embassies, including the UK embassy, will be an instance of crime, and any individual responsible for the offense will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Tehran governor's office Ali-Asghar Naserbakht