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Saudi Arabia: Shia protester ‘shot dead’

By Alice Purkiss / 16 January, 2012

One person has been killed and at least three others have been injured in clashes between security forces and Shia protesters in Saudi Arabia.

22 year-old Issam Mohammed died in al-Awamiya on Friday, after live ammunition was fired into the crowd by troops.  The troops began firing after protesters threw stones at them. Officials  also said a security vehicle was shot at and attacked with petrol bombs.

Meanwhile, a Saudi Arabian man has been arrested by the country’s religious police for allegedly using Facebook to arrange dates with other men. If charged with being gay, the man could face massive fines, flogging, jail or death.

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