11 July 2009

Iranians pelt eggs at German embassy over murder

TEHRAN (AFP) - Around 150 Islamist students pelted the German embassy in Tehran with eggs on Saturday to protest the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, an AFP photographer reported.

Marwa al-Sherbini was stabbed at least 18 times in front of her husband and three-year-old son on July 1 by a Russian-born German man who has since been charged with her murder.

The Iranian students chanted "Death to Germany! Death to Europe!" as they wrote "Angela, the Nazi" on a sidewall of the embassy, referring to German chancellor Angela Merkel, the photographer said.

On Friday, Iran had summoned Herbert Honsowitz, Berlin's ambassador to Tehran, and protested against the murder and urged Berlin to step up efforts to protect the rights of the minorities there.

Muslim groups have dubbed Sherbini's death as the "veil murder" and her killing drew thousands of mourners at her funeral Monday in Alexandria, Egypt.

Sherbini's husband, geneticist Elwi Ali Okaz, is in a critical condition in a hospital after he too was stabbed by the assailant and also shot in the leg by confused police who took him for the attacker.

The unemployed 28-year-old attacker, identified only as Alex W., was in court appealing against an earlier conviction and fine for calling Sherbini a "terrorist" for wearing the Islamic headscarf during a dispute.

The director of the ultra-conservative Kayhan newspaper has meanwhile called on Muslims to carry out the "revolutionary death penalty" against Sherbini's murderer in an editorial published Saturday.

"God willing this will be implemented by Muslims even inside the Dresden prison," Hossein Shariatmadari wrote. He also called on Muslim nations to expel German ambassadors from their countries.


  1. Throwing eggs at an embassy doesnt prove anything. We shuld learn to be tolerant as we know how it feels to be judged.

  2. ^

    True but I can understand their anger towards these countries. I agree it probably won't achieve anything significant other than feeling a sense of self satisfaction. The murder was a heinous crime and one that got so little media coverage from the mainstream European Media.

    Hopefull the egg thing will at least smash a little shame into those in a position to do something about it. Hmm.

  3. I can understand their feelings. Someone had to do something, eseially knowing that the police didn't even need to stab the husband as well. The poor guy has lost his wife and has his own health crisis now thanks to those idiots.

    And you know, that is AWESOME that these Iranians bridged the Shi'i/Sunni gap and fought for an Egyptian sister. Mashallah. Great post sweetie and love you!

  4. I think some of what was done at the embassy is a bit extreme, but I can also understand the frustration towards the country. It's hard to understand how this can happen in a courtroom! How the husband can get shot! How there can be so little publicity for such a heinous crime!! Something is wrong.

  5. yes I agree with lisa..people should stand up for their nation doesnt happen often enough! Throwing eggs at an embassy is maybe not the right thing to do, but if that will do the trick for more publicity and media attention on that crime then it must be done!!

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