Friday, January 8, 2016

Iranians Hold New Anti-Saudi Protests Amid Tensions

Thousands of Iranians held anti-Saudi protests across the country on January 8 condemning Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric that has sparked renewed tensions between the two regional rivals.

Thousands of protesters marched through Tehran after Friday Prayers, chanting "Death to Al-Saud," in a reference to the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.

They also chanted "Down with America" and "Death to Israel," traditional Iranian slogans at protests.

Some were carrying pictures of Nimr al-Nimr, whose execution on January 2 prompted strong condemnations in Iran.

Iranian state media reported that protests also took place in other Iranian cities.

The crisis has seen Saudi Arabia sever ties with Iran, followed by Tehran's decision to ban all imports from the kingdom.

Saudi allies Bahrain, Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia also cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The United Arab Emirates downgraded relations with Iran, while Kuwait and Qatar have recalled their ambassadors.

The latest tensions threaten efforts to end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite-led Iran support opposing sides.
  [Based on reporting by AP and AFP]

1 comment:

  1. Nouvelles manifestations en Iran contre l'Arabie saoudite...

    Une semaine après l'exécution du cheikh Nimr al-Nimr en Arabie saoudite, les rassemblements se poursuivent en Iran. Vendredi, près d'un millier de personnes ont défilé à Téhéran alors que la tension reste vive entre les deux rivaux du Moyen-Orient.

    De nouvelles manifestations d'ultra-conservateurs iraniens ont débuté, vendredi 8 janvier, en Iran, après la prière du vendredi pour protester contre l'exécution par l'Arabie saoudite du cheikh chiite Nimr al-Nimr. La tension entre Téhéran et Riyad, les deux grands rivaux du Moyen-Orient, reste forte depuis la mort du dignitiare chiite saoudien début janvier.

    Environ un millier de manifestants ont défilé à Téhéran aux cris de "mort aux Saoud" [famille régnante en Arabie saoudite, NDLR], "mort à l'Amérique" et "mort à Israël". Certains portaient des photos de Nimr al-Nimr, a constaté un photographe de l'AFP. Des manifestations identiques se sont déroulées dans de nombreuses villes du pays, selon la télévision iranienne......


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