Saudi Embassies Set on Fire in Iran due Nimr's Execution
TEHRAN: Following execution of a prominent Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia, agitated Iranians took to streets in protest and ablazed Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran on Saturday, ISNA news agency reported.
Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 47 others on count of terrorism and challenging the writ of the state. A number of international agencies and goverments around the world intervened prior the event arbitrating to ally the situation which the sentence will arouse. In the advent Ban Ki Moon, Amnesty International and a few other government are worth mentioning.
Soon after the execution agitations started right across the globe specially from Shia Commune. Protests with strong condemnation came forth from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, India, UK, Turkey, Bahrain, Lebanon, Yemen, Nigeria etc.
Apart from Tehran, in another event protesters chanting slogans against the Saudi regime also set fire to the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, Iran’s second biggest city.
The incidents came hours after the announcement of the death of 56-year-old cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a key figure in anti-government protests in the kingdom since 2011.
“There are flames inside the embassy… demonstrators were able to get inside but have since been cleared out,” ISNA said.
“The fire has destroyed the interior of the embassy,” an eyewitness told AFP. “The police are everywhere and have dispersed the demonstrators, some of whom have been arrested.”
Protesters had been able to climb up onto the roof of the embassy before they were made to leave, ISNA added.
Websites carried pictures of demonstrators apparently clutching the Saudi flag, which had been pulled down.
Iranian media quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari as asking police to “protect Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad… and prevent any demonstrations in front of these sites.”
Nimr, who spent more than a decade studying theology in Iran, was among a group of 47 convicts executed Saturday on charges of terrorism.
Iran said in reaction to Nimr’s execution that “the Saudi government supports terrorist movements and extremists, but confronts domestic critics with oppression and execution.”
It will “pay a high price for following these policies,” Jaber Ansari had warned before the attacks took place.
In response, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Iran’s envoy to protest at the “aggressive Iranian statements on the legal sentences carried out today”.
The Saudi interior ministry said the men had been convicted of adopting the radical “takfiri” ideology, joining “terrorist organisations” and implementing various “criminal plots”.
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