Clashes with Saudi police, 2 Shias killed: activists
[Dawn] Two Shiites were killed in overnight festivities with police in the eastern Saudi province of Qatif following the arrest of a prominent Shiite holy man and government critic, activists said on Monday.
Akhbar Shakuri and Mohammed Filfel died and a dozen other protesters were maimed during the festivities that erupted when police opened fire to disperse a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, said the activists.
The violence occurred in Riyadh Street, the main artery of Qatif city, they said. The reports could not be independently verified.
The interior ministry described Nimr as an "instigator of sedition" as it announced that he was tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
at Al-Awamiya in Eastern Province on Sunday, after being maimed in the leg while putting up resistance.
He was transferred to hospital and was due to be interrogated, ministry front man Mansur Turki said, cited by the official SPA news agency.
The new deaths bring to nine the number of people killed in festivities between Saudi authorities and protesters in the Shiite-populated region.
Nimr is considered one of the main advocates of demonstrations that first took place in February 2011 after an outbreak of violence between Shiite pilgrims and
inquisitors religious police in the holy city of Medina.
The protests escalated after the kingdom led a force of Gulf troops into neighbouring Bahrain to help crush a month-long Shiite-led uprising against the country's Sunni monarchy.
Most of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
's estimated two million Shiites live in the east, where the vast majority of the OPEC kingpin's huge oil reserves lie. Saudi Shiites complain of marginalisation in the kingdom.
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