Monday, July 09, 2012

Saudi security forces respond to Shia protests with force

Saudi riot police snipers fired live ammo at hundreds of unarmed Shi'ite protesters in the city of #Qatif today. Three protesters were killed and 20 others wounded. The demonstrations erupted after a prominent anti-government Shi'ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, was chased, shot and arrested by the authorities earlier today. More from al-Jazeera.

 

The demonstrators are shouting 'Death to Al Saud', 'Down with state security' and 'We will never be humiliated.' Hillary Clinton will not utter a word of protest, of course, so as not to embarrass her Saudi buddies.

22 comments:

Petes said...

You mean this Hillary Clinton?

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Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

The Al-Jiz article is dated July 9, 2012. Don't know about the video.

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Zeyad said...

No it was from yesterday. Check the # Qatif hashtag and you'll find more pictures and videos. You won't find it reported in US media though.

Anonymous said...

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=502574

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

It seems the scramble for power has begun in Egypt.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Nimr has been wanted by authorities after making calls for more rights for Shias, a minority denomination in the strictly run Sunni monarchy. In 2009, he suggested forming a movement for succession unless the government released political prisoners, end discrimination against Shias and take steps against corruption.

Hmmm...I don't see anything wrong with Nimr's ideas.

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Zeyad said...

Lynnette, you see the Saudi ruling family has no problem with clerics who call for jihad, but activists who call for political rights for an oppressed minority are considered dangerous and should be shot at sight.

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Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee & Zeyad,

Here is a very good piece on what has been happening in Qatif. This is not just a recent occurence, but an ongoing pot boiling.

Note the reason someone she interviews mentions about why there hasn't been a wholesale crackdown in that region.

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Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Zeyad,

You won't find it reported in US media though.

Probably not. If they don't have someone on the ground there or a relationship with another media outlet that is reporting it, they will not have anything on it. Why do you think various people read you? :)

you see the Saudi ruling family has no problem with clerics who call for jihad,...

Sticking their heads in the sand hasn't been a wise choice for them, nor us.

...but activists who call for political rights for an oppressed minority are considered dangerous and should be shot at sight.

Look in that article I linked to and see who is doing that.

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Zeyad said...

Lee, most of the anti-Assad demonstrations in Syria have occurred and still occur at night time, especially in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia, Deir al-Zur and other major urban centers.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Here is a piece on the BBC Website.

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