Updated, 2:13 p.m. As my colleague Kareem Fahim reported, video posted online by Saudi activists late Tuesday appeared to offer a glimpse of protesters clashing with the security forces in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province.
According to the Saudi journalist and blogger Ahmed Al Omran, a brief video clip of protesters hurling Molotov cocktails at the police was recorded after a funeral Tuesday night in Qatif, a stronghold of the kingdom’s Shiite minority near Bahrain, where there have been periodic demonstrations beginning last spring.
Activists said the funeral was for Muhammed el-Filfil, who was killed whenshots were fired during a protest in Qatif following the arrest on Sunday of Sheik Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric. Protesters said the security forces shot and killed two demonstrators on Sunday, while the authorities insisted that although “gunshots were overheard in the town,” there was “no security confrontation whatsoever.”
Another Saudi blogger, Redha al-Boori, drew attention to video said to have been recorded during the funeral, showing thousands of mourners packing the streets in Qatif. Read more…