Transcript for Protests Erupt After Saudi Execution of Shiite Cleric
The dangerous escalation of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia executed a prominent cleric supported by Iran. Martha Raddatz has the latest. Reporter: Good morning, George. The cleric was part of mass execution in Saudi Arabia. Most of those killed said to be members of Al Qaeda. The outspoken cleric's only crime, says Iran, was calling for the overthrow of the Saudi royal family for mistreating shiites. Uproar over the execution of shiite Muslim cleric nimr Al nimr. Protesters taking to the streets across the middle east. Iran. Bahrain. Lebanon. Sheikh nimr, 1 of 47 men accused of terrorism-related charges. He was a leader for the shiite empowerment movement. The government accusing him of inciting violence. His death prompting immediate retaliation in Iran. The Saudi embassy attacked with molotov cocktails. Tear gas filing the air. Iran's supreme leader vowing retribution for his death. Tweeting divine revenge will seize Saudi politicians. The Saudis fired back. The foreign minister saying the country is severing its ties with Iran. They were already littlbitter rivals. The there were hopes they could come together. This morning, that looks far less likely. All right, Martha, thank you.
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