By Rashid Husain Syed Opinion Wed., May 1, 2019 The ongoing tirade by President Donald Trump against Iran and his unwavering support for the “embattled” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has emboldened the brash young prince to persevere with his crusade against dissent in the kingdom. On April 23 Riyadh executed 37 nationals. Thirty-four of them were identified as Shiites. The Saudi government defends such executions as a powerful tool for deterrence. A Saudi interior ministry statement said those executed were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives, killing a number of security officers and cooperating with enemy organizations against the interests of the country. However, Amnesty International said 11 of the men were convicted of spying for Iran and sentenced to death after a “grossly unfair trial.” At least 14 others were convicted of violent offences related to their participation in anti-government demonstrations in Shiite-populated areas of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012. In parts of the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Shiites are in the majority. For decades they have been demanding equal rights and greater religious freedom. Riyadh has been endeavouring to quash this low-intensity uprising brutally, arguing that… Read full this story
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