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.