40 arrested over raiding, torching Saudi embassy in Tehran….reports Asian Lite News
Iran police have arrested 40 protesters who raided and torched the Saudi embassy in Tehran, a senior official said on Sunday.
The judiciary has issued order to identify and arrest others who attacked the embassy, Xinhua quoted Tehran’s Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying.
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” for its execution of Nimr.
Iranian mobs, protesting the execution of a Shia leader by Saudi Arabia, raided and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran late Saturday. Protests were reported from Bahrain, Lebanon also,
The move came hours after the Saudi interior ministry announced that prominent Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr and 46 other men were executed on terror charges.
In an announcement on Saturday, Iran’s foreign ministry urged the police to protect the diplomatic compounds of Saudi Arabia in the country.
Earlier in the day, Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to Tehran and strongly condemned the execution of Nimr al-Nimr.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia will face “divine revenge” for its execution of Sheikh Nimr.
Ayatollah Khamenei described Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as a “martyr” who acted peacefully.
Protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran late on Saturday, setting fire to the building before being driven back by police.
Sheikh Nimr was one of 47 people executed for terrorism offences. But Ayatollah Khamenei said the cleric had been executed for his opposition to Saudi Arabia’s Sunni rulers.
“This oppressed scholar had neither invited people to armed movement, nor was involved in covert plots,” the ayatollah tweeted.
“The only act of #SheikhNimr was outspoken criticism,” he added, saying the “unfairly-spilled blood of oppressed martyr #SheikhNimr will affect rapidly & Divine revenge will seize Saudi politicians”.
Sheikh Nimr had been a figurehead in the anti-government protests that erupted in the wake of the Arab Spring up to his arrest in 2012. Iran – Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival – has led condemnation among Shia communities over the execution.