Although Saudi Arabia has killed or injured several thousand women in neighboring Yemen, beheading a female is completely unprecedented inside the Kingdom thus far.
Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 29-year-old woman activist for crimes such as chanting slogans at a protest. Beheading a woman is unprecedented in the kingdom. Meanwhile, Facebook has sprung into action to protect Riyadh’s back by initiating a crackdown on hundreds of accounts posting anti-Saudi content.
- Saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five activists with non-violent charges.
- All of the activists belong to the kingdom’s historically oppressed Shia minority. One is a woman.
- Facebook has coincidentally begun removing anti-Saudi accounts under the guise of fighting “Iranian interference.”
- A private cybersecurity firm with ties to the US military tipped off Facebook to the accounts.