Intruders storm balcony of Azerbaijan embassy in London and take down flag

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A group of protesters have stormed the Azerbaijani embassy in London.

Footage on social media showed men waving flags from the balcony of the country’s base in Kensington.

Slogans in Arabic have been daubed on the wall and the Azerbaijani flag has been taken down.

It’s unclear what the protest is over but it appears to have been led by a group called The Mahdi Servants Union.

It is a Shia Muslim organisation based in London which says it wants to establish ‘civilisational dominance’ on its website.

Its leader Yasser Al-Habib is a controversial cleric whose film The Lady Of Heaven had to be pulled from UK cinemas earlier this year after protests from some Sunni Muslims offended by its interpretation of Islamic history.

Members linked to the group have cited ‘persecution’ by the Azerbaijani government of some Shia Muslims in the country.

In a statement, the group said it had been directed by their leader ‘to take urgent action’ against Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev.

The vast majority of Azerbaijanis are Shia Muslims but the country is largely secular.

Iran’s embassy in London previously accused the group of attack on its property in 2018.

Metro has contacted the Metropolitan Police, The Mahdi Servants Union and the Azerbaijani embassy for comment.

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