Friday, March 11, 2011

Saudi Police Open Fire to Break Up a Protest

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi police officers opened fire at a protest march in a restive, oil-rich province on Thursday, wounding at least three people, according to witnesses and a Saudi government official. The crackdown came a day before a planned "day of rage" throughout the country that officials have said they will not tolerate.

Witnesses described the small protest march in the eastern city of Qatif as peaceful, but an Interior Ministry spokesman said demonstrators had attacked the police before the officers began firing, Reuters reported. The spokesman said that the police fired over the protesters' heads, but that three people were injured in the melee, including a police officer.


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