In a rare display of civil disobedience, protesters in Saudi Arabia swarmed the funeral of a man shot dead for protesting the arrest of a well-known Shiite cleric, clashing with security forces and hurling Molotov cocktails late Tuesday, according to news reports and video clips from the eastern part of the country.
Videos from Qatif – a coastal town on the Persian Gulf near neighboring Bahrain – offer an atypical look at civil unrest inside Saudi Arabia, a nation relatively unaffected by the democratic movements that have roiled the Middle East and North Africa.
According to a report by Reuters, the demonstrators gathered in force during the funeral of Mohamed al-Felfel, one of two men killed over the weekend while protesting the arrest of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Al-Nimr is being held on sedition charges.
Activists told Russian Television that the two men were killed over the weekend by “police snipers,” a claim the Saudi government denies. The scope of the protests can be seen in this RT clip:
For more videos, check out the New York Times’ Robert Mackey’s blog, The Lede.
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