Funeral Protests Follow Killings At Weekend Demonstrations In Saudi Arabia

The latest protest movement in the Arab world is springing up in Saudi Arabia. This weekend, two demonstrators were killed in rallies — reportedly shot by snipers — protesting the shooting and arrest of a cleric from Saudi Arabia’s minority Shia population. Yesterday, thousands of mourners reportedly poured into the streets for one of the dead demonstrator’s funeral. According to Reuters, protesters shouted, “Down with Mohammed bin Fahd,” referring to the governor of the oil-rich and largely Shia Eastern Province. “Videos posted on social networking sites on Tuesday night showed an avenue filled with rows of chanting mourners,” the New York Times reported. “Other videos showed youths throwing incendiary devices at what appeared to be a police car, and rocks at a government building.”