Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
3rd January, 2016
The government of Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of armored vehicles and tanks to suppress the demonstrators, angered by the execution of the Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr, reports the Iranian media.
“The government of Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of armored vehicles and military units in the area of the town of al-Qatif in the East of the country to quell violent protests of the population who demonstrated, in connection with the execution of Shiite Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr”, — a message from the Fars News Agency said. Mass demonstrations were held in the home city of an-Nimr in al-Qatif and other areas in the East of Saudi Arabia with a predominantly Shiite population, reports TASS.
In connection with the execution of Shiite theologian on Sunday, Iran declared a public holiday in all the highest secular and spiritual educational institutions. Expectedly Iran also held mass demonstration against political executions in Riyadh. The first protest action held a group of students in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The demonstrators shouted slogans condemning the actions of al Saud (the ruling Royal dynasty).