Iranian Students Protest, Burn U.S. Flag

By Patrick Burke | September 14, 2012 | 5:02 PM EDT

Iranian students protest the United States outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which houses a section devoted to U.S. interests. (Photo:

( -- Following the lead of protestors in Egypt and Libya, Iranian students protested Thursday outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which contains a section devoted to U.S. interests in Iran.

The state-run Fars News Agency reported that the student protesters were shouting slogans such as “Death to the US” and “Death to Israel,” reportedly in response to an anti-Islam film that has been circulating the Internet.

The students called for the punishment of the film’s director, and for the Islamic world to unite in solidarity against any expressions labeled as anti-Islam.

According to the state-funded PressTV, the students read a statement saying there will be nationwide demonstrations in Iran on Friday, and then proceeded to burn the American flag.

As reported by, Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast—along with political leaders in Egypt and Afghanistan-- criticized the United States for not speaking out against anything that could be seen as anti-Islam.

“Apart from its legal obligations, the U.S. government has direct moral responsibility to stop this dangerous trend of spreading the culture of hatred and desecration of Islam’s sanctities,” he said.

On Tuesday, radical Islamists stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt,  tore down the American flag, and replaced it with a black flag that reads, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

In the Libyan city of Benghazi, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens along, with three other Americans, were killed during an attack on the U.S consulate there.