Bahraini protesters carry a banner a posters with images of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr that read, "blood of the martyr," during a demonstration in Sitra, Bahrain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Shiite Muslim protesters in eastern Saudi Arabia called Friday for the "death" of the Sunni-majority kingdom's ruling Al-Saud family at a rally to honor executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a witness said.Nimr was a driving force behind protests that began in 2011 among the kingdom's minority Shiite community.Nimr and three other Shiites were among 47 people convicted of "terrorism" and executed, provoking anger among Shiites and concern in Western nations.Around 1,000 demonstrators marched through Tehran on Friday, chanting "death to Al-Saud," while in the Pakistani capital 1,500 people rallied against Nimr's execution.Shiites called Nimr a peaceful activist, and an Awamiya resident said his death could lead to more aggression on the streets.Nimr and three others were the only Shiites among the 47 put to death, who included Sunnis convicted of involvement in Al-Qaeda attacks that killed Saudis and foreigners in the kingdom about 12 years ago.
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