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Second death in as many days comes amid ongoing anti-government protest by Shias in country's oil-rich Eastern Province.
Saudi security forces shot one person dead and injured three others during what the country's state news agency described as "clashes" in the oil-producing Eastern Province.
Activists and witnesses said Friday's casualties came when security forces opened fire on an anti-government demonstration in the Qatif district.
"While security men were following up on an illegal gathering in the town of Awwamiya in Qatif on Friday they were attacked by gunfire," a police statement on the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Friday.
"They dealt with the situation by firing back, which resulted with the death of one."
The SPA also said a protester was killed and three others were wounded in clashes on Thursday.
Activists and witnesses said that security forces opened fire when a Shia procession marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad - a celebration forbidden in ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia - turned into a demonstration for reform and the release of detainees.
"Munir al-Medani, 21, was wounded by a live bullet to his chest," one activist told the AFP news agency, requesting anonymity. "He was taken to hospital where he later died of his wounds."
Medani's death raises to six the number of protesters killed since demonstrations erupted in the Eastern Province last March against the Saudi-led military intervention to help crush Shia-led pro-democracy protests in neighbouring Bahrain.
Most of Saudi Arabia's estimated two million Shias live in the province, where the vast majority of the kingdom's huge oil reserves lie. They complain of marginalisation in the Sunni-dominated country.
Activists say that Saudi authorities have arrested nearly 500 people since the protests started.
Many have been released but dozens remain in custody, among them human rights activist Fadel al-Munasif and writer Nazir al-Majid.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/cp_IztLtLiA" Protester Zohair al-Saad died of gunshot wounds after security forces opened fire in a tiny town north of Qatif






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Post time 2012-2-11 19:30:48 |Display all floors
aziz,

What do you think of this?  Will violence get worse between sunnis and shias?

Anyways, would love to see a revolution work in saudi arabia.
  
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Sunni and Shia problem are a major setback for few countries in the middle east.The non curable cancer harmed a lot in no,s of countries among Pak,Iraq mainly.Recently its risen in KSA which was unknown to me.This crisis will take them into a major interethnic clash which was not existed in recent decades.Now I suspect Iran might have a hand behind this trouble just ooposite of the bay.

One after one sanction on Iran escalate flare up ME's dimed spring again.

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aziz Post time: 2012-2-11 21:50
Sunni and Shia problem are a major setback for few countries in the middle east.The non curable canc ...

I was reading an article that suggested that with americans leaving iraq and soon in afghanistan, this is causing some of the problems.  The thought is that Iran is will fill up the power vacuum and a cause a significant shift in the sunni-shia balance of power.  

What do you think?

  
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Post time 2012-2-11 22:49:36 |Display all floors
The USA chalked it out two decade ago.They have young advisors to the President of US to provide all historical background of each part of the world.Leaving Iraq and Afghan is not a solution to the problem rarely occured now a daily event.The US leaving but planted a seed of serious violent society an excellent success  in the Asian programme.

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Saudis hold fresh anti-regime protests
Saudi protesters hold a demonstration in Qatif, Eastern Province. (file photo)
Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:44PM GMT

People in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have staged fresh anti-regime protest rallies to show their anger with the ruling Al Saud family.


People took to the streets in the cities of Qatif, Awamiyah and Safwa on Saturday, calling for an immediate regime change.

Saudi forces reportedly opened fire on peaceful demonstrators, who also condemned the monarchy’s deadly crackdown on peaceful protests.

The mass rallies came one day after a protester was killed and many more were injured as regime forces attacked a large crowd of protesters in the oil-rich Eastern Province.

According to human rights groups, the crackdown has claimed several lives since November.

Rights groups have slammed Riyadh for its persecution of protesters and called for an investigation into the killings.
Diane Abbot (British MP): Anglos love playing divide and rule
David Cameron (British PM): Anglos caused most of the world's problems!

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Post time 2012-2-12 19:48:44 |Display all floors
aziz Post time: 2012-2-11 22:49
The USA chalked it out two decade ago.They have young advisors to the President of US to provide all ...

Well the 'seed', I believe is a struggle for power.  Whenever this happens, you get forced to pick a 'side'.  In the balkans, there was not all this ethnic violence and hatred despite popular beliefs.  But they did split politically down ethnic/ religious lines.  At the root of it, everyone was afraid of being dominated by the other group and having less rights.  

I believe it could be similar with shia and sunni now?

I hate to reduce things to such a simplistic level, but trying to look at possible root issues.

I believe that is stoked by Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  
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