British Pressure Iran for Name Change

October 3, 2008 · Print This Article

Bobby Sands once wrote: “Of course I can be murdered. But I remain what I am, a political POW, and no one, not even the British, can change that.”
In 1981 the Iranian government officially changed the name of Winston Churchill Street where the British Embassy is based to Bobby Sands Street. According to one press agency at the time, “the British nationals employed at the embassy don’t want to be located in a street named after a man whose organisation brought terror to the UK.”
The response of the British was to seal the entrance to their embassy on Bobby Sands Street and knock through the wall into Ferdowsi Avenue, which is now their new address.
In January 2004 it was discovered that during the third of five trips to Iran by Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw over the course of the previous two years, Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi had been lobbied by Straw to change the name of Bobby Sands Street.
This was rich given that in Ireland the British administration renamed many streets, towns and cities after her overseas conquests, her colonial battles, her royal personages and her soldiers, and did the same in every native land she conquered through imperial terrorism.
The nationalist community in the North of Ireland was delighted and proud when the people of Iran honoured an Irish revolutionary and reminded the world of British oppression and its black history, of Britain a country which brought suffering to the four corners of the earth in contrast to the courage and sacrifice exemplified by the name Sands.
It was that reminder which continues to stick in the craw of the British and which is why they want two words, Bobby Sands, erased from view, as if it were that easy to erase the spirit of freedom he continues to inspire.
In response to Straw’s lobbying the Iranian government the Bobby Sands Trust launched a petition to Iran which received thousands of signatures. The petition was presented to the Iranian Embassy in London in 2005.
The street remains Bobby Sands Street.

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5 Responses to “British Pressure Iran for Name Change”

  1. BRIAN MC LAUGHLIN on March 21st, 2009 2:20 pm

    GREAT STUFF,NO COUNTRY SHOULD LET BRITAIN DICTATE TO THEM,THE USA DIDNT GET AWAY WITH IT,I HOPE IRAN DONT GIVE IN TO THE BRITS

    GOD BLESS THE HUNGER STRIKERS

  2. SCAPPIN ALESSANDRO on April 22nd, 2009 6:24 am

    I THINK IN EVERY TOWNS, CITIES AND VILLAGES IN THE WORLD THERE MUST BE A ,BOBBY SANDS STREET’ …OR ,AVENUE’ OR ,BOULEVARD’. SO THE DENOMINATION OF THIS STREET IN TEHERAN MUST REMAIN LIKE THIS!
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  3. Patricia Lownes on April 23rd, 2009 8:35 pm

    Perhaps someone should remind the Iranian Government that they have a street named for Bobby Sands! even more importantly, they should be reminded of all that Bobby stood for. The gross miscarriage of justice concerning Roxana Saberi would not have gone unnoticed by Bobby if he were alive today! NPR.org has an eye opening account of this travesty of justice, which has aspects that are eerily familiar to anyone who has read any accounts of Bobby’s arrest and inprisonment. I had also heard a report that Ms. Saberi was considering a hunger strike of her own, however this report has not been confirmed. Keep this young woman in your thoughts and prayers.

  4. Patricia Lownes on April 26th, 2009 10:20 am

    US news confirmed this morning that Roxana Saberi has entered her sixth day on hunger strike protesting her imprisonment in Iran. Roxana has been denied representation by one of Iran’s premier human rights attorney. Iran has not disclosed any of the evidence against her and all her court proceedings have been behind closed doors. The Iranian President refuses to involve himself in the issue. Is anyone seeing similarities here?

  5. iran boy on May 12th, 2013 4:10 pm

    I am very happy that the name of street was not changed. I have seen brave heart which is related to england cruel king, I appreciate if you can make a similar movie.

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