Bombs Thrown near Saudi Court in Shiite-Populated East
[An Nahar] Petrol bombs were thrown during the night by unknown attackers at a parking lot of a 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...
n court in the kingdom's unrest-hit Shiite-populated east, an official and witnesses said on Sunday.
They said the bombs were thrown in the parking lot outside the compound of the court in Qatif district, setting the plastic shades that covered the area on fire.
"The shades of the parking lot outside the court caught fire," said a civil defense official in Eastern Province as videos posted on social networking websites showed the blaze.
Attacks on Saudi government facilities in Qatif have increased after the deaths of two Shiite protesters during festivities with the police there last week.
On Friday, the Interior Ministry announced that a gunman was killed during an attack on a cop shoppe and four Saudi coppers were maimed in a separate assault on their patrols in the same region.
Qatif witnessed several protests triggered in February 2011 after an outbreak of violence between Shiite pilgrims and
inquisitors religious police in the holy city of Medina.
The sporadic protests escalated after the kingdom led a force of Gulf troops into neighboring Bahrain to help crush a month-long Shiite-led uprising last year against that country's Sunni monarchy.
Last week, tensions intensified after authorities set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
You have the right to remain silent...
prominent Shiite holy man Nimr al-Nimr, described by the kingdom as an "instigator of sedition."
Saudi Arabia's estimated two million Shiites, who frequently complain of marginalization, live mostly in the east, where the vast majority of the OPEC kingpin's huge oil reserves lie.
Some 37 Shiite holy mans released a joint statement on Friday in which they urged youths to "steer away from violence" and not to "respond to some who try to provoke you and lure you to violence to mark your movement as terrorist."
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