Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia

10.10.2011                      12.Tischrei. 5772

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Sectarian rifts erupt again in Saudi Arabia

Shi'ite rioting sends warning that Riyadh's financial largesse doesn’t address grievances.

Rioting in Saudi Arabia’s strategic Eastern Province that left 14 injured this week should serve as a warning that the monetary benefits the kingdom has showered on its citizens may be insufficient to ensure political quiet from its restive Shi'ite minority, analysts said. 
The riots erupted late on Monday in Al-Wamiyah city in the eastern governorate of Qatif, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement issued hours after the incident ended. It blamed an unnamed “foreign country,” a code word for Iran, for the unrest and vowed to take a tough line on protesters….