Saudi State Killings: Masses Hold Funeral in Shia area of Qatif for 41 executed peaceful protestors

By and UPROOTED PALESTINIANS and March 14, 2022

2020 demo in Qatif

The regime executed as many as 81 prisoners in a single day on Saturday over what it called “terror-related offenses,” in the largest mass execution carried out in the kingdom in recent memory.

As many as 41 of the victims hailed from Qatif.

Social media users circulated videos showing a massive funeral ceremony held for a number of scores of Saudi dissidents, who were executed by the Al Saud clan.

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Thousands of people were seen massing for the event in the Shia-populated Qatif region of the kingdom’s Eastern Province on Sunday.

Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.

Saudi- Arabia’s Eastern Qatif Province, which is largely populated by the Shia minority, “similar to Yemen, and is only in Saudi Arabia by right of conquest”, has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.

The protests have met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime.Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism.

The executions have been followed by waves of popular protests, especially in the kingdom’s east. Domestic and regional groupings have been issuing condemnatory statements against the country.

Social media users reported that the kingdom has started summoning some of the families of the victims and threatened them to declare that they were content with the executions or face consequences.

This has, however, not prevented the Eastern Province’s people from seeking to commemorate the victims. Owners of religious centers are reportedly planning various events to mark the memory of those executed.

Local activists have also been publicizing the names and features of the victims amid the kingdom’s reported refusal to hand over the bodies of some of the victims.

Saydi tactic of razing 100’s of houses as collective punishment. Qatif 2020.

Leading Saudi analyst Ali Abbas al-Ahmed has shared a list of protesters and activists executed by the Saudi regime on his twitter page, with the post going viral.  

During the last 48 hours, Saudi security forces in plain clothes have reportedly been deployed across Qatif, preventing the formation of more than two people.

However, the people of Qatif have vowed to take to the streets as soon as they can to protest the brutal execution of innocent people.

In a statement, the Arabian Peninsula Opposition bloc, which is an umbrella for Saudi dissidents, said the 41 executed prisoners, belonged to the peaceful al-Hirak al-Janoubi movement.

The bloc of Saudi dissidents called the kingdom’s de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman “nothing more than a murderer, who enjoys shedding the blood of the innocent,” saying the mass execution was carried out against young people, who had exercised their right to express their opinion and had been imprisoned as a result.

Rights groups condemned the executions, saying “they flew in the face of” claims by bin Salman “that the country was overhauling its justice system and limiting its use of the death penalty.”

“These executions are the opposite of justice,” said Ali Adubusi, the director of the European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, a watchdog group.

He said that in many of the cases, the charges against the accused involved “not a drop of blood.”


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Saudi’s genocidal Racism against Shia minority in Qatif, as in Yemen

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Middle East: The Saudi regime plans to displace hundreds of families in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-majority Qatif region and raze their houses as part of a crackdown on dissent.

The regime would like to wipe our the Shia minority who are seen as similar to the Houthis in Yemen, and as being a danger of importing their Ansarullah social revolution.

The genocidal policy of the Saudis is at the root of the war in Yemen, and is a reason why the Houthis could not accept Hadi, the Saudi installed president, who was elected but was the only candidate.

Nashet Qatifi, a renowned Saudi human rights activist, said in a post on his Twitter account on Monday that the Riyadh government had announced plans for the eviction of more than 521 families from Qatif within 90 days as well as the destruction of their houses in retaliation for their children’s participation in a 2011 anti-regime uprising.

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Qatifi said the families had been offered a fee but did not intend to sell or move out of the area as the sum offered was not enough to buy a house.

Local sources in the Shia-majority region confirmed the Saudi plan and said the regime intended to displace hundreds of families from al-Thawra (Revolution) Street in the city center.

Qatif conflict – Wikipedia

The Qatif conflict refers to the modern phase of sectarian tensions and violence in Eastern Arabia between Arab Shia Muslims and Arab Sunni majority, which has ruled Saudi … 1 Background; 2 History … After the 1979 uprising, the Saudi authorities have engaged in systematic persecution of Shi’a activists in Qatif, with an .……

Reports said the goal of the Saudi regime was to erase any signs and memories of the demonstrations in 2011, especially al-Thawra Street, which had become a symbol of the revolution and protests in Qatif.

A similar incident took place in the al-Masura district of Qatif in 2017, and many houses were destroyed by bulldozers. In November last year, Saudi officials also leveled to the ground a Shia Muslim mosque south of al-Awamiyah Town in Qatif.

Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011. Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region.

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The protests have been met with a heavy-handed crackdown by the regime, whose forces have ramped up measures across the province.

Ever since Mohammed bin Salman became Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader in 2017, the kingdom has ramped up arrests of activists, bloggers, intellectuals, and others perceived as political opponents, showing almost zero tolerance for dissent even in the face of international condemnations of the crackdown.

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Muslim scholars have been executed, women’s rights campaigners have been put behind bars and tortured, and freedom of expression, association, and belief continue to be denied.


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