Bahrain police fire tear gas at dozens protesting Saudi cleric's execution - witness

Demonstrators carrying pictures of the cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, faced security forces in a standoff


Reuters January 02, 2016
A rally in Qatif, October 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Bahrain police fired tear gas at several dozen people protesting the execution by Saudi Arabia on Saturday of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric, an eyewitness said.

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Demonstrators carrying pictures of the cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, faced security forces in a standoff in the Shia Muslim village of Abu-Saiba, west of the capital Manama.

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Activists have called for protests in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom, a sign that Nimr's death may inflame already raging sectarian tensions in the Middle East.

 

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