Shafaqna – (International Shia News Agency) Protesters in Tehran mobilized to denounce the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi Arabia and meanwhile Iran stresses maintaining security of Saudi diplomats, buildings.
Saturday night (02 January) protesters gathered outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran angry about the execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and a few protesters entered the embassy and started fire despite the efforts of Iranian security forces to stop them. There are reports that soon after police dispersed demonstrators, restored calm around 3 am on Sunday and also removed and arrested those who entered the embassy.
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Iran stresses maintaining security of Saudi diplomats, buildings
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari underlined the need for maintaining the security of Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic places and sites in Tehran and Mashhad.
“The foreign ministry by realizing the sentiments of the Muslim Iranians, calls for preventing any gathering in front of Saudi diplomatic building in Iran,” Jaber Ansari said.
According to IRNA, The foreign ministry spokesman renewed Iran’s condemnation of execution of religious scholar Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, but meantime said that security of Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic places should be maintained.
“The diplomatic police is responsible for confronting any aggression against the diplomatic sites of Saudi Arabia and it will act according to its inherent duties to maintain the public order and restoring security to such places,” Jaber Ansari added.
On Satuardy, a prominent Shia cleric and a fearless advocate for human rights and peace, Sheikh al-Nimr was beheaded under strict order of King Salman, on account he dared slam the monarchy for its inhumane practices and policies, both at home and abroad.