JNN 11 July 2012 Qatif : Saudi Wahhabi forces have shot injured and arrested senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Al-Nemer on Saturday 08 July 2012 at around 5 pm local time in Qatif. While Shia Men were Martyred by the Saudi Forces ,and 20 other Protesters injured by the firing of the Wahabi regime.
According to witnesses, gun firing were heard and the pursuit ended when Ayatollah Al-Nemer’s car severely crashed against a wall of a nearby house , as the chasing Police fired several bullets on his car.
The cleric was reportedly wounded when regime forces fired at his car. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was also shot in the leg during the raid to arrest him.
Sources close to Ayatollah Al-Nemer indicated that the Ayatollah has been injured without conforming whether the injury was due to the gun firing or the car accident.
Shortly after the car accident, police members took Ayatollah Al-Nemer to an unknown place while his car was left on its spot.
Al-Nemer’s arrest was announced earlier by his brother and a Shiite advocacy group. “The police carried out an ambush in Al-Awamiya, intercepting my brother’s car and arresting him,” Mohammed Nemer said. “On learning the news, I went to the place and found the empty car,” he added.
Activists from the Shiite group Justice and Human Rights also confirmed the arrest of Nemer, considered one of the main advocates of human rights and equality in the mainly Shiite-populated eastern province.
Saudi Interior ministry spokesman Mansur Turki, cited by the official SPA news agency, said “one of the instigators of sedition, Nemer Baqr al-Nemer, was arrested in Al-Awamiya after being wounded while resisting the security forces.”
He hails from the predominantly Shiite region of Qatif and has been a leader in the recent protests demanding an end to discrimination against the minority Shia in the ultra-conservative Sunni country.
Released pictures showed severe damages to the car as a result of the pursuit leading to the accident. Also shown are the bullets on the car due to the firing.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have once again taken to the streets of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province after regime security forces arrested a prominent Shia cleric.
Last week, al-Nemr had warned that his possible detention would intensify the protests in the Eastern Province, the center of rallies for over a year now.
Meanwhile, Saudi forces on Saturday arrested activist Saleh al-Ashwan at his home in Riyadh, without a warrant. There has been no word on his current whereabouts.
Activists have called for anti-government protest rallies across Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province as tension remains high in the oil-rich region over the detention of a prominent Shia cleric.
The rallies will be held in Qatif, Awamiyah, Tarut, Safwa and Sihat to condemn Riyadh’s deadly crackdown on protests. Demonstrations will also be held in the Bahraini towns of Sar and Daih in solidarity with the Saudi protesters.
On Sunday, Saudi security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Qatif, who were protesting against the detention of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr. At least three people were killed and many others injured in the attack.
Since February 2011, Saudis have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, mainly in Qatif and the town of Awamiyah, calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to economic and religious discrimination against the eastern region.
However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.
Wahhabi Security forces in eastern Saudi Arabia have cracked down on a large demonstration in the eastern city of Qatif, killing two people and injuring at least 20, after a Shia leader was shot and arrested, activists said.
Two Shia martyrs are Syed Akbar al Shakhuri, from al-Awmiya city (pictured) and Syed Mohammad al-Felfel, from Qatif city.
Hundreds of protesters were reported to have taken to the streets on Sunday after Sheikh Nemer al-Nemer, a prominent Shia cleric and anti-government activist, was chased, shot and arrested while driving earlier in the day, said human rights activist Hussain al-Alk.
Alk, a Qatif resident and staffer at the Adala Center for Human Rights, said the arrest took place at around 4pm and that organisers called for mass demonstrations after the evening prayer.
The protests were the largest in the city since November and December, when at least six demonstrators were shot and killed, Alk said. He said that he believed the government was prompted by influential Wahhabis to escalate its pressure on the Shia opposition.