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Iran: Angry protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Tehran00:50

Iran: Angry protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Tehran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
January 3, 2016 at 09:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Forty people were arrested after huge crowds of protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, Saturday, before setting the building ablaze following the execution of prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other prisoners convicted on "terrorism" charges in Saudi Arabia.

Angry protesters could be seen throwing molotov cocktails and other objects at the Saudi embassy building before storming the ground floor and tearing apart furniture, flags, and documents and setting fire to the building.

Sheikh Nimr, a leading Shia cleric, was amongst 47 people executed on Saturday at the hands of the Saudi government after being convicted for "terrorism" offenses. The Shia cleric and vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, was one of seven people accused of orchestrating anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011.

The 47 executed dissidents included a Chadian national and an Egyptian with the remainder being Saudis. Saudi Arabia executed over 150 people in total during the year 2015.

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Forty people were arrested after huge crowds of protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, Saturday, before setting the building ablaze following the execution of prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 other prisoners convicted on "terrorism" charges in Saudi Arabia.

Angry protesters could be seen throwing molotov cocktails and other objects at the Saudi embassy building before storming the ground floor and tearing apart furniture, flags, and documents and setting fire to the building.

Sheikh Nimr, a leading Shia cleric, was amongst 47 people executed on Saturday at the hands of the Saudi government after being convicted for "terrorism" offenses. The Shia cleric and vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, was one of seven people accused of orchestrating anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011.

The 47 executed dissidents included a Chadian national and an Egyptian with the remainder being Saudis. Saudi Arabia executed over 150 people in total during the year 2015.

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