Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr

Saudi Arabia executes 47 convicted ‘terrorists’ in one day including top Shiite cleric behind Arab Spring protests

Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people convicted of ‘terrorism’ today, including a prominent Shiite cleric behind anti-government protests, according to the interior ministry.

Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a 56-year-old cleric was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011 in the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s east, where the Shiite minority complains of marginalisation.

His execution has sparked fierce criticism from Shiite communities in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran’s Shia leadership said the execution of Nimr ‘would cost dearly’ and an Iranian-backed Shiite militia in Iraq called the execution, which was announced Saturday, a ‘new crime’ carried out by the Saudi royal family.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The UN, liberals, and the New York Times will of course blame Israel.

    • ismiselemeas

      Along with the Shia, the Sunni, the Kurds, the Turks, the Alawites, the Yazidi…

      • Sunis killing Shias! Allah is great.

        Hopefully they will get into a second round.

  • Spatchcocked

    Wow..47 in one go…walking in chop square must have been full of tripping hazards on that day…that would be a good vid for Mondo Cane part deux

    • Wally Keeler

      A better vid would be witnessing the use of LAVs to suppress the protests, those LAVs that our new shiny pony tosses off as “jeeps”.

  • Of course they went after the Shia.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Shiites have hit the fan over this. Let the intramural war spread.