Saudi Ara­bia ex­e­cutes four Shi­ites for role in vi­o­lent protests

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

RIYADH, Saudi Ara­bia — Saudi Ara­bia has ex­e­cuted four Shi­ites con­victed on charges of ter­ror­ism for at­tacks against po­lice and par­tic­i­pat­ing in protest-re­lated vi­o­lence with se­cu­rity forces.

The In­te­rior Min­istry said the four were ex­e­cuted Tues­day for at­tacks car­ried out in the re­gion of Qatif, which is home to the town of al-Awamiya, where there has been a surge in vi­o­lence since May be­tween Shi­ite mil­i­tants and se­cu­rity forces.

On Jan. 2, 2016, the king­dom ex­e­cuted 47 pris­on­ers con­victed of var­i­ous of­fences, among them prom­i­nent Shi­ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who had led protests against the govern­ment and its ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Sunni cler­ics.

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