This video shows nothing graphic. And yet it makes me sick to my stomach.
The people in it are supposedly gathering to watch Saudi blogger Raif Badawi get the first 50 (of 1,000) lashes yesterday:
The worst part is seeing kids running to witness the punishment.
I’m glad to hear how brave @raif_badawi is in enduring this torture, but I’d admire him just as much if he was falling apart and wailing.— Paul Fidalgo (@PaulFidalgo) January 9, 2015
Amnesty International gave more (disturbing) details about what took place:
The officer beat Raif on his back and legs, counting the lashes until they reached 50.
The punishment took about 5 minutes. It was very quick, with no break in between lashes.
When it was over, the crowd shouted, “Allah-hu Akbar! Allah-hu Akbar!” — as if Raif had been purified.
Raif was taken away in the bus, back to prison. The whole scene had lasted less than half an hour.”
What a shitty week for free speech everywhere…