The Detention of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

On October 15th, Saudi Arabia sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, an outspoken Shia cleric, to death on charges of, “disobeying the ruler,” “inciting sectarian strife,” and, “encouraging, leading, and participating in demonstrations.” Although it is still possible for the ruling to be overturned by appeal or royal pardon, the judgment has sparked a wave of unrest in the largely-Shia Eastern Province not seen since the heart of the Arab Spring uprisings. Al-Nimr is known for his candid and robu...
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