Eventim Apollo Evacuation Turns into Demo Against Iranian Regime

Bomb threat at Dariush Eghbali forces thousands onto Hammersmith Gyratory

Crowds outside after the evacuation. Picture: Twitter

Thousands of people had to be evacuated from the Eventim Apollo this Sunday night (9 October) after a bomb threat was made against the venue.

The venue, which has a capacity of 5,000, was hosting a concert by Iranian singer Dariush Eghbali when a call was received at 8.06pm requiring those inside to leave, spilling out onto Queen Caroline Street and the Hammersmith Gyratory.

Dariush Eghbali is one of Iran’s most popular singers. He currently lives in Los Angeles and has written songs critical of the current regime.

While the audience awaited re-entry, Iranian flags and banners with the image of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died recently in the custody of the Iranian morality police, were unfurled to cheers and applause. Slogans such as ‘woman, life, freedom’, which have been adopted by opponents of the Ayatollahs, were chanted.

Banners and flags held up by protestors
Banners and flags held up by protestors. Picture: Twitter

The mass of people under the Hammersmith Flyover blocked the road requiring traffic to be diverted.

A Met Police spokesperson said, “Nothing of suspicion had been brought to the attention of staff but at around 20.40pm, the venue management took the decision to evacuate as a precaution.”

The police later confirmed that no suspicious item was found and that no injuries had occurred.

Crowds of people under Hammersmith Flyover
Crowds of people under Hammersmith Flyover. Picture: Twitter

There has been widespread protest by the Iranian diaspora since the death of Mahsa Amini, including regular demonstrations outside the Iranian Embassy in Kensington. An increased number of demonstrations are being reported in Iran itself.


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October 10, 2022