The Washington Post carries this enigmatic story in its ‘Around the World’ news summaries. There’s so little information in the piece that it’s hard to know just what happened. Anyone in the Kingdom with more information is kindly invited to share.
What this means in terms of the shake-up in the official religious establishment is also impossible to know, given the lack of details. More, hopefully, as better information becomes available…
Saudi police have clashed with Shiite pilgrims over several days near a cemetery in Medina, Islam’s second-holiest city after Mecca, prompting a Shiite cleric to appeal to the king to put a stop to the “insults” of the religious police.
Relations are tense between Saudi Arabia’s majority Sunnis and the Shiites, who make up a small portion of the country’s 22 million citizens. Shiites, who are considered infidels under the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam widely followed in the kingdom, routinely complain of discrimination.