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20 teens flogged after rioting

September 30, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Saudi Arabia flogged a group of teenagers after a rare riot in the eastern region of the Islamic kingdom in which shops and restaurants were ransacked, a witness and local newspapers said.

Human rights activists and liberals condemned the flogging, which Saudi newspapers said happened after groups of young people smashed restaurant and shop windows in Khobar on national day last week.

Newspapers such as Al-Hayat and Al-Watan said about 20 teenagers had gotten at least 30 lashes each. They showed pictures of police preparing a square for the public lashings.

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