Protesters in Bahrain, angry over the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, clash with police who try to disperse them with tear gas. Rough Cut subtitled (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of anti-government protesters from Bahrain's Shi'ite majority protested on Friday (January 8) the Saudi execution of prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr. In Sitra, south of the capital Manama, around 200 demonstrators gathered to protest. Clashes soon broke out between police who fired tear gas and bird shot at rock and molotov cocktail-throwing protesters, some of whom chanted "Death to Al Saud, Death to Al Khalifa," referring to the Saudi and Bahraini royal families. It was the latest of several protests which have turned violent since Saudi Arabia executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr a week ago, stoking outrage among Shi'ites in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia last week executed 47 people in what was the kingdom's biggest mass execution for decades. Among those executed was al-Nimr, causing relations between the mainly Shi'ite Iran and Saudi Arabia's conservative Sunni monarchy to dramatically deteriorate. Bahrain, a majority-Shi'ite country that is governed by the Sunni ruling family, joined Saudi Arabia in cutting ties with Iran, a mutual foe and the region's pre-eminent Shi'ite power, after demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution. Bahrain has been politically volatile since a 2011 uprising by Shi'ites demanding reforms was crushed, partly by military intervention from Bahrain's Gulf Arab allies including Saudi Arabia.