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Iran Feature: “Saudi Execution of Leading Cleric Will ‘Wipe It from Pages of History'”

Iran Feature: “Saudi Execution of Leading Cleric Will ‘Wipe It from Pages of History'”
January 02
17:03 2016

PHOTO: Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami — “Pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud”

Iran’s regime has quickly condemned Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 detainees, including leading Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, on Saturday.

The Supreme Leader’s office offered its reaction in the form of a poster comparing Saudi Arabia to the Islamic State:


See also Iran Daily, Jan 3: Saudi Embassy Attacked After Cleric’s Execution
Saudi Arabia Feature: Leading Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a Tehran Friday Prayer leader and Assembly of Experts member, said in an interview, “I have no doubt that this pure blood will stain the collar of the House of Saud and wipe them from the pages of history.”

He added, “The crime of executing Sheikh Nimr is part of a criminal pattern by this treacherous family….The Islamic world is expected to cry out and denounce this infamous regime as much as it can.”

Another member of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Kaabi, said the killing of al-Nimr will be a “turning point” for the Islamic Awakening — the Iranian regime’s term for the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa since 2011 — isolating Saudi Arabia in the region.

Iranian authorities have announced that protests will be held outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Sunday, while seminaries will be shut in the holy city of Qom.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement:

While the extremist and Takfiri terrorists have deprived the regional and world nations of security and tranquility and threaten certain regional governments’ stability and existence, execution of a figure like Sheikh Nimr who didn’t have any instrument but words to pursue his political and religious goals merely shows the depth of imprudence and irresponsibility.

The prominent newspaper Mehr has alleged that the executions are the “first decision” of a Saudi-Turkish conspiracy following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s talks in Riyadh last week.

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  1. Steven Hunt
    Steven Hunt January 02, 20:26

    This is a horrible development. Isn’t it increasingly clear that that Saudi government is ideologically extremist?

    The US and allies in the region have lost narrative dominance.

    This murder is a lugubrious portent, and it epitomizes the confusion that predominates in the US approach to the Middle East.

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  2. Tundra
    Tundra January 02, 22:28

    Pictures and reports coming of an angry crowd of Iranians storming, ransacking, and burning the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

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  3. Neutral
    Neutral January 03, 00:06

    Why does Iran seem to lack the ability of protecting other countries embassies.

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    • Andre De Angelis
      Andre De Angelis January 03, 01:03

      Tou mean such as the embassy of Saudi Arabia, who is bombing Yemen and backing death cults in Syria?

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      • Anonymous
        Anonymous January 03, 03:06

        Yes.Any embassy
        Does it matter?

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      • gunny
        gunny January 03, 16:41

        Any differences except the numbers?

        The Iranian authorities have executed 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015, in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country.

        Iran is executing more silently and bigger numbers.
        In 2015 Saudi Arabia the number of executings reached a two decade high of “at least” 157

        and 47 were executed on 2 January 2016.
        source: Amnesty

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    • Neutral
      Neutral January 03, 20:35

      “Iranians authorities have announced that protests will be held outside the Saudi embassy”
      The Iranian government planned it.

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  4. Mike
    Mike January 03, 01:13

    Sunnis being Sunnis

    A lust for blood.

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  5. Kevin
    Kevin January 03, 06:14

    Where is this outrage when Iran executes shiites for political crimes as they do on an almost weekly basis? More crocodile tears and hypocrisy. Should the Saudis attack the Iranian embassy the next time Iran executes a sunni political prisoner?

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    • Bs As
      Bs As January 03, 17:09

      They also executed Al-Qaeda affiliated shaykhs but pro-iranian stooges here won´t mention that because you know…their favourite propaganda narrative states that the Saudis are steering Al-Qaeda so at any cost they need to supress any evidence that suggests otherwise.

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