World Chicago Muslims Protest Killings of Shi'ites in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia [See Photos]

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Last Sunday, Chicago Muslims gathered in front of the Wrigley Building to join thousands around the world to demand the release of Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigeria and condemn the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Zakzaky is the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and was captured in a Nigerian army raid on his home after hundreds were killed when the army attacked a peaceful march.

The protesters also joined other protests throughout the Middle East in criticizing the Saudi government for the execution of the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as a “terror suspect.”

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The group released the following statement:

"Considering the gross violation of fundamental human rights and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Nigerian Army, the Islamic Movement hereby condemns these unjustifiable acts…We state categorically that the claim by the Army that Members of the Movement attempted to assassinate the Chief of Army Staff [COAS] was a blatant lie as the army came back to launch their attack more than an hour after the COAS had passed…Clearly, the Nigerian government through its military is now on rampage, in an all out war with the Islamic movement, its members and structures…Therefore, with all pointers at the government as the contractor of the killings, we hereby call on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to intervene and seek redress for the victims and their family members as many innocent people have unjustifiably been killed and many others severely injured."

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