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Hundreds protest in Iran outside Saudi embassy

AFP , Saturday 11 Apr 2015
Iranian police officers prevent protesters from approaching the Saudi Embassy during a protest rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Photo:AP)
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Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest against alleged sexual harassment against Iranian youths by Saudi police.

Official IRNA news agency said about 500 people gathered outside the embassy in northeastern Tehran in a protest that had not been authorised by the authorities.

Media reported that two Iranian teenagers who had gone on pilgrimage to holy sites in Saudi Arabia had been sexually harassed by police at the Red Sea airport of Jeddah, as they prepared to return home.

The alleged incident occurred several days ago, media said without giving an exact date.

State television said Iran summoned the Saudi charge d'affaires to lodge an official complaint and demanded that the case be taken to the courts.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Ghashghavi told the state broadcaster that the two Saudi police had been arrested.

Outside the Saudi embassy, protesters chanted slogans hostile to the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom and demanded that authorities in Shiite majority Iran shut the diplomatic mission.

"Shame on you. Get off our soil," the protesters chanted as security forces ringed the embassy.

The protesters also demanded that the Saudi police involved in the alleged sexual harassment be punished.

Ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia are tense and this incident is expected to further strain relations between the two Middle East powers, who are already divided over the conflict in Syria.

Relations have worsened since a Saudi-led coalition launched last month an air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, which Riyadh says are backed by Iran.

Tehran, which denies arming the Huthi rebels, has denounced the Saudi-led campaign, with supreme leader Ali Khamenei warning against what he called "criminal acts".

On Wednesday Saudi authorities said they had prevented a plane carrying 260 Iranian pilgrims from landing in the kingdom, saying the airline operators had not applied for a permit to enter Saudi Arabia.

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Muhammed Mutawasili, Mashhad, Iran
11-04-2015 08:58pm
Nazen: Iran is source of instability
You are backing with money and arms the murderous regime of Bashar Assad which murdered hundreds of thousands of its own people, destroyed his country and forced 13 million Syrians out of their homes. In Iraq you have committed even more terrible crimes. And in Yemen, you are sending troops and "advisors" to help Houthi thugs impose heretical shiism on the predominantly Sunni people of Yemen. And you claim inncense. Shame on you Then you claim you have a culture. I speak Farsi and closely follow Iranian affairs. You do have a culture, but it is one based on Toqya, Mutaa, medndacity, maligning the companions of the Prophet and incitement against Sunni Muslims. You have even prevented Sunni Muslims from having their own mosque in Tehran.
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11-04-2015 06:58pm
Iranian mullahs
They sure can stage a riot at the drop of the hat. One wonders how many petro dollars were squandered for this gimmick. More remarkably Obama negotiating handing over nuclear capabilities to these nut cases.
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11-04-2015 08:06pm
Mazan you can't be serious.
Who in their right mind visits Iran ?? What culture the culture of terrorizing women, or the culture of exporting terror to Syria Iraq, and Yemen... Or perhaps your Iranian culture of abducting the entire US embassy workers for over a year. Yeah I REALLY want to experience your vile culture.
11-04-2015 07:21pm
Iranian culture
Sure you have not been in Iran - we have real culture, education and history. Mullahs or not; we haven’t invaded a sovereign country like the Saudis, and we can demonstrate; unlike the Saudis !!! As to Obama, he is your problem not ours.

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