Saturday, January 2, 2016

Protesters Storm Saudi Embassy Building in Tehran

Protesters have stormed the Saudi embassy building in the Iranian capital of Tehran early Sunday amid backlash over the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

“Protesters break into Saudi embassy building in Tehran,” Iran’s Shargh daily journalist Sobhan Hassanvand tweeted, providing photographs and video footage from outside and inside the building before and after the siege.

Flammable substance was seen thrown at the building as protests gained steam over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

“Molotov cocktail thrown at Saudi embassy building in Tehran, protest over al-Nimr execution,” Hassanvand wrote, providing video footage of a burning building.

Hours earlier, he published photographs of what he said were protesters taking down a Saudi flag at the country’s consulate in the second most populous Iranian city of Mashhad.

Al-Nirm was among 47 people convicted of terrorism whose execution was announced by the Saudi interior ministry earlier on Saturday. He was sentenced to death on charges of inciting hatred and disobedience to the Saudi king in 2014, two years after his arrest during anti-government protests.

The Muslim world, a number of Western powers and watchdogs have expressed their disapproval of the execution in the wake of its announcement.

Fears of sectarian violence have spread after the execution.


1 comment:

  1. L'ambassade d'Arabie saoudite à Téhéran attaquée par des manifestants...

    Des manifestants ont envahi samedi soir l’ambassade d’Arabie saoudite à Téhéran et commencé à y allumer des incendies en réaction à l’exécution du dignitaire chiite Nimr al Nimr. Ils ont été évacués par la police iranienne.

    L'ambassade de l'Arabie Saoudite à Téhéran a été attaquée samedi 2 janvier au soir par des manifestants en colère après l'exécution du dignitaire religieux chiite saoudien Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, a rapporté l'agence iranienne Isna.

    Des manifestants ont lancé des cocktails Molotov contre l'ambassade et ont pu pénétrer à l'intérieur de l'enceinte diplomatique avant d'en être évacués par la police, a rapporté l'agence.

    Selon la correspondante de France 24 en Iran, Mariam Pirzadeh, cette manifestation faisait suite à un premier mouvement de protestation survenu plus tôt samedi, dans la ville sainte de Mashhad, dans le nord du pays. Des manifestants s'en étaient pris au consulat saoudien de la ville..........france24


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