Saudi government beheads, people protest


In this Thursday, April 1, 2010 file photo, activists from a civil organization reenact an execution scene in front of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as they protest a possible beheading of a Lebanese man accused of witchcraft in Saudi Arabia

On this Thursday, April 1, 2010 photo, activists from a civil organization reenact an execution scene in front of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as they protest a possible beheading of a Lebanese man accused of witchcraft in Saudi Arabia.

From CBC News in Canada:

Bahrain police use water cannons, birdshot at Nimr al-Nimr execution protest

Jan 03, 2016 2:46 PM ET

Police in Bahrain have fired birdshot and used water cannons to push back demonstrators protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia cleric.

The protest happened Sunday on Sitra Island, south of Bahrain‘s capital, Manama. …

Hundreds also marched in al-Daih, west of Manama, chanting slogans against Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud family and the Sunni family ruling Bahrain.

These protests followed demonstrations Saturday after Saudi Arabia announced it had executed al-Nimr. Bahrain‘s Interior Ministry announced Sunday it had arrested “several rioters and vandals … along with a small number of people who misused social media for illegal purposes” over the protests.

Al-Nimr was an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni monarchy but denied ever calling for violence. …

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said it was not clear those killed were granted effective legal defence, while the scale of the executions was very disturbing “particularly as some of those sentenced to death were accused of non-violent crimes“.

Judicial process unfair, say rights groups

Human rights groups say the kingdom’s judicial process is unfair, pointing to accusations that confessions have been secured under torture and that defendants in court have been denied access to lawyers.

Many people all over the world are appalled by the mass executions in Saudi Arabia. However, not so, the former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who whitewashes them.

Meanwhile, Mr Nimr’s supporters in eastern Saudi Arabia prepared for three days of mourning at a mosque in al-Awamiya in the kingdom’s al-Qatif region, following protests on Saturday where police fired tear gas and small shotgun pellets: here.

Washington’s closest ally in the Arab world, the dictatorial monarchy of Saudi Arabia, ushered in the New Year with a torrent of blood, simultaneously executing 47 prisoners: here.

The coming Saudi crack-up? President Obama, like generations of Western leaders, has coddled the oil-rich Saudi monarchy by tolerating its reactionary politics, its financing of radical Islam and its military support for Sunni jihadist terrorism. But the spoiled Saudi leaders may finally be going too far: here.

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