Al Jazeera: Saudi police fire gun shots during ‘day of rage’

If the reports are accurate, fortunately nobody was shot today during the protests. Al Jazeera also reported that some of the protesters fired shots. (Whether they were actual protesters or undercover police would be interesting to know.) The police there will certainly use force so if the protests happen to expand from the current small numbers, this could be ugly.

At least three people have been injured after police in Saudi Arabia fired in the air to disperse protesters in the eastern oil-rich city of Qatif.

The injuries came on the eve of a so-called “Day of Rage” planned in the country for Friday.

Mansur al-Turki, a spokesman for the Saudi interior ministry, said shots were fired on Thursday over the heads of the protesters after they attacked a police officer who was documenting the protest.

Around 600-800 protesters, all Shia and including women, took to the streets of Qatif to demand the release of nine Shia prisoners, said a witness, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisal.


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