Man Shot Dead As Police Clash With Shi'ites In Saudi Arabia
| Something about a thirty kilometer wide strip of Saudi coastline, as I recall, where all the oil is...Not that it will matter for much longer. After that fun will be had by some. |
...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 police rubbed out a Shi'ite protester in the country's oil-producing east late on Thursday, local activists said on Friday, bringing the corpse count from festivities in the restive area to 12 this year.
They said police had opened fire on protesters demonstrating about the detention of people from the Qatif district, killing 18-year-old Ali al-Marar and injuring six others.
The authorities confirmed in a statement that a man had died but contradicted the activists' account, saying a security patrol had come under fire and shot back in self defense.
The front man for the Eastern Province police said the routine patrol was attempting to intercept rioters who had blocked a road with burning tires when it came under fire from several sources, including the man they rubbed out. Police said he had a handgun.
Activists said security forces in two sports-utility vehicles had shot "indiscriminately" at the demonstrators in central Qatif and fired at people on rooftops.
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