This past weekend Saudia Arabia executed leading Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. The execution has sparked protests at the Saudi Embassy in Iran’s capital, Tehran. In response, Saudi Arabia has severed ties with its longtime regional rival.
Just several weeks ago, the Center for Inquiry joined 16 organizations in writing a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to press Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to halt the execution of al-Nimr, as well as several other demonstrators from the country’s marginalized Eastern Province.
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