Sunday, July 08, 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?

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
Zeyad,

Are you sure you're not recycling an old story from back in 2011?  I think that old video gets recycled periodically.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Lee,

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

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
      "The Al-Jiz article is dated July 9, 2012."

I am aware; I read the article.

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.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
      "No it was from yesterday. Check the # Qatif
      hashtag…
"

I guess I'll have to suppose it's just coincidence then, and Saudi 'snipers’ only come out around dark in Qatif.  It is curious though that such a similar story of a couple or three dead and up to twenty wounded, and snipers in the dark, seems to get told.  (11 March 2011, in the first link there.)  23 November 2011 here.  I'm not much of a tweeter, so I'll have to also guess it's likewise coincidence that the hashtag #Qatif keeps poppling up in connection with so many of them, and either the shadows getting long or it's already full dark.

      "Check the # Qatif hashtag and you'll find more
      pictures and videos.
".

Indeed I will.  If I google up ‘Saudi Arabia snipers #Qatif’ and I'll find the snipers meriting mention periodically into January and February of this year, sometimes with similar video and hashtag connection to #Qatif.

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

Ah HA!  The conspiracy broadens, the Merkin media in cahoots with the evil Hillary.

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.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
And here is yet another after dark video supposedly shot back in November.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
      "…but activists who call for political rights for an
      oppressed minority are considered dangerous…
"

Am I not correct in my recollection that the good ayatollah has also publicly renounced any continued allegiance to the Saudi government?

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.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
Off topic briefly, a brief aside:
More re:  American politics

More good news for the Romney campaign.  They again outraised the Obama campaign for the second month in a row.  An excess of $35 million this time.

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.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

 
      "This is not just a recent occurence, but an ongoing
      pot boiling.
"

Yes, of course.  Nevertheless, after several years of watching the news out of the Middle East, I'm just not much used to seeing demonstrations going on into the night.  Seems to happen with suspicious frequency in Qatif, at least, according to the video uploads from the supporters of the good ayatollah.

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.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...
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   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

   
      "Lee, most of the anti-Assad demonstrations in
      Syria have occurred and still occur at night time…
"

If you say so.  I recall seeing overwhelmingly daylight shots on the tube, with after dark stuff mostly limited to the talking heads of the journalists doing analysis.
And, I have trouble picking a favorite when the choices appear to be between radical Wahabi and the followers of a radical ayatollah.

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