Saudi security forces killed three demonstrators and 20 more were injured in the eastern province city of Qatif, as the largest protests in months erupted there following the shooting and arrest of an outspoken anti regime Shiite cleric, Saudi activists said Monday.
They were killed when police intervened to disperse a protest against the arrest of Shiite cleric.
The Saudi Interior Ministry confirmed Sunday's arrest and wounding of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr but issued a statement Monday denying any role in what it said were the deaths of three people during Sunday night's unrest in Qatif.
The spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry said that Shiite cleric al-Nimr was accused of sedition. He was shot in the leg while trying to resist the police and taken to a hospital before being questioned.
Videos posted online by activists showed demonstrators chanting "Death to al Saud" (they mean the royal family in Saudia Arabia) at times as they marched. Other video showed the Shiite cleric after capture, slumped in a vehicle, blood staining his white robe, as a uniformed man sat next to him.
In a sermon delivered ten days ago at a mosque in Awamiya, home to the Shiite protest, the cleric was confident he would be arrested or killed, saying he had only "heightened" the claims by his supporters.
However, Nimr Al-Nimr is supported by the Iranian regime and has long been a fiery speaker against the Saudi royal family. Saudi officials have detained him several times in the last decade.
The Saudi Interior Ministry issued a statement on March 5, 2011, prohibiting all forms of demonstrations, marches, protests and any calls for such actions.
In the meantime, Saudi officials warned that, anyone caught violating the laws of Shariah and Saudi traditions will be punished.
In fact the situation in the eastern province of Saudia Arabia is considered to be an Iranian consprancy aiming to eliminate the Saudi royal regime, despite what the world may think, believing that its only protesting similar to whats happening in Syria and Egypt. Simply, it is Iranian interfering in the Arabian Gulf countries' issues, whereas they are using the media supporting Iran by exagerrating the events in Saudia Arabia and Bahrain, taking into consideration that Shiite Muslims are living normally with Sunni people there.