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Tehran renames streets after Sheikh al-Nimr

By Rudaw 11/1/2016
Angry protesters installing a street sign named after Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Photo: MEHR
Angry protesters installing a street sign named after Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Photo: MEHR
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Iranian foreign ministry has demanded that the city of Tehran changes a street name back to its original, days after it was changed to al-Nimr Street during anti-Saudi protests last week.

The Tehran city council changed the Bostan Street to Nimr al-Nimr Street last week in honor of the Shiite cleric who was executed by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

According to Mustafa Shakiri, a member of the Tehran city council, the foreign ministry has demanded in a letter that the name be changed back to Bostan.

He said that during last week’s condemnations angry protesters took matters into their own hands and changed a few street names in the vicinities of the Saudi Arabian embassy in the Iranian capital.

Iranian media reported that many street and other public signs were also removed and replaced with al-Nimr.

ISANA news agency quoted a city official that they consult the foreign ministry for naming streets after foreign figures.

The foreign ministry has rejected the quick change of street names especially as diplomatic efforts continue to calm tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

Reports indicate that the city may still change the name of the Street where the Saudi embassy is located.


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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 11/1/2016
they have become so numb , they do not know who they are they behave like Arab ,they talk like Arab these intoxicated religious lunatics.
Remo K
Remo K | 11/1/2016
I applauded the I Iranians when they burnt down the Saudi Embassy and severed diplomatic relations following the beheading of the Shia cleric. Turks have assassinated Kurdish head of Diyarbakir Law association, killed 300+ Kurdish civilians with continuing gross human right violations in daylight and the KRG leadership is silent!!! Sorry, but I started to think that something is rotten here in Kurdistan, something is not right, something is way wrong. You don’t have to declare war against Turkey but let the public went their anger by burning down Turkish consulate, flag and businesses. Sorry, I am for tit for tat. That is the language the Mongol understands. The language of force.
Stupidity has no boundary | 11/1/2016
RemoK@ lunatic worshipper of ayatolah. but you are blind to mention hiw many kurds have been kiiled by ayatolahs. furthermore, burning embassy is not a heroic act,. iran now apoligizes tio SA and is ready to pay financial compensation and rename teh street as teh original name. you are brainless
Abdul rahman ghassemlou | 11/1/2016
It's time to name a highway in Kurdistan after the great Kurdish intellectual Abdul rahman ghassemlou who was murdered by the mullah savages. Saudi Arabia supports an independent Kurdistan unlike the radical Iranian savages.
Remo K
Remo K | 12/1/2016
I never supported Ayatollah or Iranian regime anywhere and would not even dream of it. I am puzzled how someone could draw such a conclusion. I merely found something right in Iranian reaction (deterrence) when people are subjected to cruelties for their political opinions regardless of race, religion or sect. If you advocated that the Turks are easily swayed by their economic interests and harming them as the Russians did, could achieve the same result, I would agree with you.

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