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Fourth person in fire protest
Heshmat Zandi
Heshmat Zandi doused himself with petrol outside the embassy
Two more people have set themselves on fire outside the French Embassy in central London on Friday.

Four Iranians have so far taken part in the fire protests in London this week, after the arrests in Paris of 150 members of the Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen.

One man is in a serious condition at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, after setting himself ablaze on Friday morning.

In the afternoon, a second man was treated for burns after setting himself on fire outside the embassy in Knightsbridge.

He was taken to hospital but his condition is unknown.

Two police officers who helped him have been to hospital where they received treatment for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Neda Hassani
Neda Hassani was critically injured

On Wednesday Neda Hassani, 24, was critically injured after setting fire to herself and engineering student Heshmat Zandi, 38, suffered 40% burns after dousing himself in petrol on Tuesday.

French intelligence accused the People's Mujahideen, an armed opposition group, of planning terrorist attacks at embassies across Europe.

The man in charge of policing the London demonstration has appealed to the demonstrators not to resort to such "appalling" forms of protest again.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Trotter said he was "very concerned indeed" about the incidents and said his officers would step up security and searches of people around the embassy.

Agony and suffering

Laila Jazayeri, the director of Anglo Iranian Women in the UK, was outside the embassy when the first man set himself alight on Friday .

"Police have blocked all the roads ending at Knightsbridge and the French Embassy," she told BBC London.

"Nobody likes to see the agony and suffering of other human beings.

"What I can see through their eyes shows the desperate cry - a desperate cry to be heard."

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