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"ISIS Has Nothing Over Saudi Arabia": Kingdom Reaches 800 Beheadings Under Salman

‘Chop Chop Square’ busy as ever even amid the pressing crisis of the accelerating oil glut…

Another grim milestone was reached this week, but not on the COVID-19 front. Human rights monitors have recorded that Saudi Arabia has carried out its 800th execution since King Salman bin Abdulaziz (and by extension MbS) began his rule five years ago — most being in the form of the kingdom’s ‘favored’ beheadings.

The British nonprofit Reprieve said the kingdom’s rate of execution in Saudi Arabia has doubled since 2015 when King Salman took over following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. Of course, as Salman’s health was reportedly increasingly fragile from the start of his rule, it’s widely believed crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has remained the true power and day-to-day decision maker.

MbS was widely hailed as a ‘reformer’ – among other things promising to greatly reduce the number of annual executions, which include the ghastly methods of beheading and crucifixion. But this is nowhere near the reality.

So much for empty talk of ‘reform’, ‘modernization’ and ‘progress’ – as Middle East Eye reports of Reprieve’s findings:

By comparison, Saudi authorities executed 423 people between 2009 and 2014.

Currently, there are at least 13 juvenile defendants on death row – including Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon and Abdullah al-Zaher – who are “at imminent risk of execution”, Reprieve and the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights said.

Saudi Arabia executed six young men last year who were children at the time of their alleged offences, in a mass execution of 37 people.

Riyadh’s concerns no doubt now lie far elsewhere regarding the prior MbS rhetoric of reform, given the kingdom is now scrambling to bring oil prices back up after the historic global price crash this week.

Reform vs. Reality — public beheadings as a form of political suppression: 

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/isis-has-nothing-over-saudi-arabia-kingdom-reaches-800-executions-under-king-salman

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Platon
Platon
April 25, 2020

Quick! Someone call the police. In the photo I see the guy who must have murdered and carved up Kashoggi.

Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

Is this supposed to be satire?

“Chop Chop Square busy as ever even amid the pressing crisis of the accelerating oil glut…

Another grim milestone was reached this week …. Saudi Arabia has carried out its 800th execution since King Salman bin Abdulaziz (and by extension MbS) began his rule five years ago — most being in the form of the kingdom’s ‘favored’ beheadings.”

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

“The British nonprofit Reprieve said the kingdom’s rate of execution in Saudi Arabia has doubled since 2015 ….” The British have become more civilized since they lost their colony India. I remember seeing a picture showing how the British tortured Indians. They bound the Indian man to two elephants, then drove the animals into different directions. The man was ripped into halves. How many Indians did the British rip to death? 800? 8000? 80.000? 800.000? You won’t find this form of torture mentioned in the famous Encyclopedia Britannica. “Rip rip square not busy any more in India”, as the sun… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

Another barbaric and cruel method of execution used by the British colonialists in India was “Blowing from a Gun”. — WIKIPEDIA: Blowing from a gun is a method of execution in which the victim is tied to the mouth of a cannon which is then fired. George Carter Stent described the process as follows: The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired, his head is seen to go straight up into the air some forty or fifty feet; the arms fly… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

In 1884, the Russian painter Vassily Vereshchagin depicted such a cruel execution of Indians by British colonial forces:
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Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 25, 2020

Note: This painting was allegedly bought by the British crown and possibly destroyed (current whereabouts unknown)!

Yes, the “Blow Blow Square” of British colonial India has altogether disappeared, but the painting of Vereshchagin has been copied and reproduced multiple times.

Deadly Parlor Tricks
Deadly Parlor Tricks
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 27, 2020

I’d welcome someone painting Assange in the Indians’ place and making a T-shirt out of it.

Or some Syrian civilians, or……the list goes on.

and on, and on, and on…………………….

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Deadly Parlor Tricks
April 27, 2020

Yes, such a picture will be very up to date.

Evangelical Parlor Tricks
Evangelical Parlor Tricks
April 27, 2020

As long as they don’t say bad things about Israel, we don’t care.

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