domingo, 3 de janeiro de 2016

Countries and Shiite figures condemn Saudi Arabia after execution of prominent cleric

Multiply the reactions of the Shiite Muslim community against Saudi Arabia, after the cleric Nimr al-Nimr, figurehead of the Sunni regime.

The Shiite leader was executed along with three other members of the religious minority and 43 "jihadists" Sunnis, accused of terrorism.

The spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Interior explained, at a press conference, that "the executions were carried out in different parts of the Kingdom" and that "the condemned were given the opportunity to leave in writing the last words".

The announcement of the execution of Nimr provoked protests in the District of al-Qatif, the only one where the Shiites are the majority in Saudi Arabia and where his detention, in 2012, and subsequent condemnation had aroused vivid reactions. Similar protests broke out in Shiite-majority countries.

Iran, Shiite powerhouse, considered running as a "grave mistake" and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah was a "crime".

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