TEHRAN — Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday after Saudi Arabia executed an outspoken Shiite cleric who had criticized the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority.
A crowd of angry protesters hurled petrol bombs and stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning (local time) before being cleared out by police.
The cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, was among 47 men executed in Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related charges, drawing condemnation from Iran and its allies in the region, and sparking fears that sectarian tensions could rise across the Middle East.
Pictures and video on social media showed parts of the building’s interior on fire and smashed furniture inside one office.
The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) said the embassy caught fire and the interior was destroyed.
“The police are everywhere and have dispersed the demonstrators, some of whom have been arrested,” ISNA said
Journalist Sobhan Hassanvand, from the local Shargh newspaper, filmed protesters throwing what appeared to be Molotov cocktails and trashing the embassy.
Another witness who lives locally said he saw members of the Basij militia position themselves in front of the embassy building.
“They were throwing Molotov cocktails at the Saudi embassy,” the witness said.
“It began with 15 or 20 people but I saw others joining them from nearby streets.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for calm and urging protesters to respect the diplomatic premises, the Entekhab news website reported.Follow @gorkhapost
Journalists’ code of ethics on use of social networking sites stressed
KATHMANDU- Code of ethics on the use of social networking sites for journalists has been stressed.
The speakers at a programme argued that code of ethics for journalists on use of social sites is needed as their status on social sites could raise credibility questions on the news contents.
On the occasion, FNJ Vice-Chairman Bipul Pokharel and FNJ Secretary Prakash Thapa shared that FNJ is drafting the code of conducts targeting the members of FNJ.
Likewise, coordinator of digital media committee of FNJ and central committee member Lekhnath Neupane reasoned the need for such code of ethics to make the entire media sector more responsible and decent.
Executive Director of Centre for Media Research Centre Ujjawal Acharya, Chairman of Online Journalists’ Association Shiva Satyal and FNJ central committee member
Janmadev Jaisi also expressed their opinions at the interaction programme on ‘Use of social networking site and development of code of ethics for journalists’ organized by Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and Centre for Media Research on Saturday.