SHAFAQNA – A memorial service is planned to be held in Berlin, Germany, for Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed by Saudi Arabia in January.
Bahraini Cultural-Social Center in the German capital will hold the event on Tuesday January 3, marking the first anniversary of the execution of the senior cleric.
In a statement, the center said political and religious figures and rights activists will take part at the memorial service.
It said Sheikh Nimr was martyred because of his insistence on telling the truth, standing up against the oppressive Al Saud regime and defending freedom, justice, equality and human dignity.
Meanwhile, an international committee set up to commemorate Sheikh Nimr on the first anniversary of his martyrdom has announced January 2-8 as the Week of Commemorating Sheikh Nimr.
The committee has called on all people who care for freedom and human dignity to hold rallies in front of Saudi embassies all over the world to condemn the Riyadh regime’s crime.
On January 2, 2016, Saudi Arabia executed 47 prisoners, including Sheikh Nimr.
Sheikh Nimr was detained in July 2012 on charges of delivering anti-regime speeches and defending political prisoners.
His arrest sparked widespread protests in the Arab country, leaving several people dead.