Shi'ite unrest - Saudi blames foreigners

2012-02-20 21:14

Riyadh - A Saudi interior ministry official says "foreign parties" are instigating unrest in Shiite-majority eastern regions, calling the protesters "the new terrorists".

The comments by the unnamed official were carried by the official Saudi Press Agency Monday. Protesters from the country's Shi'ite minority have held limited rallies for the past year in the east complaining of discrimination by the kingdom's Sunni rulers.

At least four protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces since November. Officials have blamed foreign meddling in an apparent reference to Shi'ite Iran.

The official said Saudi actions were not comparable to other regime crackdowns against protests in Arab world, saying that the authorities were acting in self-defence.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-20 21:40

    OK. All those who have been habitually denying on these pages that religion is a source of conflict and who have been too cowardly to acknowledge that the same bible is the source of various different religions, where are you now? So afraid to brittle the appearance of religious solidarity? We are all mates type of approach. Just one more conflict on the religiously inspired design of events taking shape.

  • Putin the " - 2012-02-20 21:51

    They have been calling Syria names, now its their turn!!

      Fred - 2012-02-21 00:29

      Not sure what you mean. Where?

  • Fidel - 2012-02-20 23:29

    Fred and Anthony.....The oppressed Saudis need your support!

      Fred - 2012-02-20 23:44

      Absolutely they do. We're possibly on the same page here Fidel.

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