- Biggest mass execution in Saudi Arabia since 1980
- Anger spreads from Middle East to India
- Cleric’s family call for peaceful protests
News of the execution of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr has triggered protests throughout the international Shia community.
The timing is very sensitive
Security reinforcements were drafted in to the Shi neighbourhood of Qatif in Riyadh.
Video shows march tonight in Qatif against Sheikh Nimr execution. It is finished now, the streets are quiet again. pic.twitter.com/CrRUW0DO8O— Rori Donaghy (@roridonaghy) January 2, 2016
Police in Bahrain fired tear gas at dozens of protestors.
ITV News (@itvnews) January 2, 2016
Women in Bahrain protest after Saudi executed prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (pic: Ahmed Alfardam) pic.twitter.com/uIB6NnEYQH— Nabeela Zahir (@NabeelaZahir) January 2, 2016
Demonstrators carried pictures of the leading cleric who was one of 47 executed by Riyadh as part of Saudi Arabia’s biggest mass execution since 1980.
There was a stand-off with security forces in the Shi’ite Muslim village of Abu-Saiba, west of the capital, Manama.
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has posted a tribute to al-Nimr on social media.
The English-language tweet carried the words “Awakening is not suppressible” alongside a picture of the 50-year-old.
Karim al-Nuri is a spokesperson for Iraqi militia group Hashad Shaabi.
“The timing is very sensitive. We had hoped to bring the region back from the brink of sectarian tension but the blood of the martyr Nimr al-Nimr, was a message to provoke Iran and Shi’ites in the Ihsaa, Qatif, Bahrain and the whole region.”
India and Pakistan
Hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims marched in protest through the streets of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir.
There have also been protests in Karachi in Pakistan.