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MEE Debate: What lies behind Saudi execution of Nimr al-Nimr?

MEE’s David Hearst and Rori Donaghy decipher Saudi Arabia’s message following the execution of Shia preacher
MEE's Rori Donaghy, Nawal al-Maghafi and David Hearst debate the Saudi executions (Screengrab)

Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr on 2 January, along with 46 other prisoners, has since sparked protests in the kingdom's Eastern Province and a diplomatic storm in the region, with Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states severing or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran.

Middle East Eye's editor-in-chief David Hearst, reporter Rori Donaghy and video editor Nawal al-Maghafi discuss the reasons for the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the domestic and regional consequences of the killing.