According to a new statement issued by the Interior Ministry, the Saudi Arabian government is outraged at a sermon by a sheikh in the eastern al-Qatif region that criticized it for its violent crackdown on civilian protesters in the mostly Shi’ite region.
The statement insisted that the government has every right to “confront those that confront it first,” referring to the Shi’ite protesters demanding reforms in the Sunni-dominated nation. It also warned that the government would use “force and with an iron fist” against its opponents.
The statement went on to accuse an unnamed “foreign power,” presumably Iran, of being behind the protests and vowed to stop it. Shi’ites in Qatif have complained of discrimination and hostility from the government’s security forces.
The sheikh responsible for the sermon was not named, but apparently likened the crackdown in Qatif to the treatment of Sunni protesters in Syria. The statement rejected this comparison, insisting that all those targeted in Qatif were “terrorists.” The Assad government, of course, made the exact same claim about their moves.
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There you go Saudis Kingdom Family, the ruling government of Saudi Arabia, The head of justice department, the head of state department and above all the head of treasury department and money laundering and all other investment firms in US and EU. There you go prove yourself as a true and the meaning of the word the Tyrants of the Middle East with an iron fist , behead your people as if they were animals you will be supported by US and EU as Israelis apartheid regime is protected by all means, after all you are the Tyrants so go ahead open your sky and let your friends fly your sky to attack Iran, you can because you are the only truth and because you are the Tyrants of middle east feeding your illegitimate children's in Libya and elsewhere to feed your tyranny.
Good piece, Jason. This story bears watching – and we hear little of it in the West.
Human rights is nothing more than an excuse for US intervention.
so the people who supposedly perpetrated the terrorist act of 9/11 have the audacity to call unarmed, half starved protesters terrorists?
iron fist? since when whould any of these skinbags of lard have an iron fist?
Saudi demonstrators want economic and political reforms. The stupid Saudi dictatorship makes it sound like it is a sectarian war.
How about sending some of the armed thugs that are blowing Syria to Suadi Arabia. They need it a lot more than Syria.
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