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UK: Sheikh Nimr protesters rail against govt. support for Saudi Arabia02:21

UK: Sheikh Nimr protesters rail against govt. support for Saudi Arabia

United Kingdom, London
January 8, 2016 at 21:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 100 activists rallied outside the Saudi embassy in London, Friday, in protest over the execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi-Arabia, as well as Britain's support of the kingdom.

Protesters are also expressing concern over the imminent execution of al-Nimr's nephew, Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr.

Batool Al-Submit, activist and Islamic Human Rights Commission volunteer, questioned how the British government can support the "Saudi regime that wants to spread their brutal, cancerous, Wahabist [sic] ideology to the whole world." She also put across her view that the Saudis "want to setup an Islamic state."

Al-Submit also questions the UK's consistency regarding supporting "dictatorships," saying: "it decides to be against dictatorships in other countries such as Libya, it's against dictatorships in Tunisia, it's against dictatorships in all the other countries like Syria but when it comes to Saudi Arabia they turn a blind eye."

A vocal critic of the Saudi authorities, al-Nimr was among 47 people who were executed on Saturday after being convicted of terrorism charges. The sheikh has purportedly been involved in large-scale anti-government protests in Saudi's Eastern Province over an alleged marginalisation of the Shia majority in the region.

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Around 100 activists rallied outside the Saudi embassy in London, Friday, in protest over the execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi-Arabia, as well as Britain's support of the kingdom.

Protesters are also expressing concern over the imminent execution of al-Nimr's nephew, Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr.

Batool Al-Submit, activist and Islamic Human Rights Commission volunteer, questioned how the British government can support the "Saudi regime that wants to spread their brutal, cancerous, Wahabist [sic] ideology to the whole world." She also put across her view that the Saudis "want to setup an Islamic state."

Al-Submit also questions the UK's consistency regarding supporting "dictatorships," saying: "it decides to be against dictatorships in other countries such as Libya, it's against dictatorships in Tunisia, it's against dictatorships in all the other countries like Syria but when it comes to Saudi Arabia they turn a blind eye."

A vocal critic of the Saudi authorities, al-Nimr was among 47 people who were executed on Saturday after being convicted of terrorism charges. The sheikh has purportedly been involved in large-scale anti-government protests in Saudi's Eastern Province over an alleged marginalisation of the Shia majority in the region.

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