Saudi police fire on protesters; clashes in Bahrain

Police opened fire March 10 to disperse protesters at Qatif in Saudi Arabia‘s mainly Shi’ite east, leaving at least one man injured. Security forces are on alert in the east for a “day of rage” that has been called for the next day, Friday, in defiance of a ban on all demonstrations. Several hundred protesters, some wearing face masks to avoid being identified, marched after dark in Qatif, demanding “Freedom for prisoners.” (AP, NYT, March 10) Fighting broke out at a school in the mixed Sunni-Shi’ite town of Sar, Bahrain, after Shi’ite students held an anti-government protest. (The National, UAE; Reuters, March 10)

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