Protesters Burn Saudi Embassy in Tehran

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Protesters Burn Saudi Embassy in Tehran

Protests against Saudi Arabia over the execution of a prominent Shi’ite Cleric turned violent last night as Molotov cocktails were thrown into the Saudi Embassy, setting it ablaze. Protesters also ransacked the Embassy, turning the inside into a mess.

 Saudi Embassy

Twitter photo of protesters and burning at Saudi Embassy

Ransacking and burning

RT reported,

“Footage uploaded on Twitter by Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand showed angry protesters pillaging the ground floor of the Saudi embassy, tearing apart furniture, flags, and documents. It was then engulfed in one big blaze, seemingly after the angry mob, outraged over the Saudi execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh al-Nimr, threw Molotov cocktails at the building…

Twitter photo of the fires inside the Saudi Embassy

News media reported that police resorted to tear gas to disperse the protesters, some of whom were able to take down the Saudi flag from the embassy. Reports from local media circulated that embassy staff were evacuated last night.

Let the political games begin

This incident underscores the fragile relations between Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Iran told the Saudi government that it was “downgrading” the size of its diplomatic staff after the executions, to which Riyadh responded by calling the Iranian ambassador to their leaders over Iran’s “hostile” remarks. Will cooler heads prevail, or will this spark even more conflict?

 

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