Восстание Шиитов Саудовской Аравии

БЕЙРУТ - 24 февраля у входа в мечеть Пророка Мохамеда в Медине произошла жесткая конфронтация между паломниками-шиитами, саудовской религиозной полицией и силами безопасности. Согласованные по времени и месту столкновения могли иметь серьезные последствия для внутренней безопасности, если не для самого режима непосредственно.

Около 2 000 паломников-шиитов собралось около мечети, в которой находится могила Пророка, на богослужение в память о смерти Мохамеда, которое правящая саудовская религиозная конфессия ваххабитов считает еретической и идолопоклоннической. В свою очередь, Мутаваах, религиозная полиция "Комитета по сохранению достоинства и запрещению безнравственности", вооруженная палками и при поддержке полиции, осуществляющей обстрел с воздуха, попробовали разогнать паломников. Паломники оказали сопротивление. Трое паломников погибли и сотни были ранены в результате панического бегства. Большое количество паломников находится под арестом, среди них 15 подростков.

Вскоре после этого, представители объединения шиитов Саудовской Аравии искали официальной встречи с правителем Абдуллой, чтобы предпринять попытки для освобождения задержанных. Диалог напоминал многообещающую стратегию: только десятью днями ранее Абдулла предъявил перспективный для страны план мероприятий. Но правитель отказался встретиться с делегацией шиитов.

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