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:
Jan 03, 2016 2:46 PM ET
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.
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.
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.