Saudi Arabia to hold three-day mourning for Crown Prince Naif

Posted Jun 17, 2012 by Katerina Nikolas
Saudi Arabia is to hold a three-day period of mourning following the death of Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday. World leaders have sent condolences to King Abdullah on the death of his brother.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia  Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
In addition to a three-day mourning period in the Kingdom, neighbouring Bahrain will also mourn the death of the successor to the Saudi throne. The Oman Observer reported the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has ordered a three-day mourning period for Naif, who oversaw Bahrain security during his time as Saudi Interior Ministry.
As condolences pour in to Saudi Arabia, not everyone is mourning the death of the Naif, who took a tough stance on security in the Kingdom. FARS reported residents of the Eastern Saudi city of Qatif showed their pleasure in his demise by honking car horns. The Shiite Muslims in Eastern Saudi were often targeted by Naif's strict security and Naif was considered responsible for the jailing of political activists without trial. According to FARS there are 30,000 political prisoners inside the Kingdom.
Lawmakers in Kuwait have called for action against bloggers who have posted insults about the late Prince on social network sites. Gulf News reported Kuwaiti MP Mohammad Hayef demanded "The Kuwaiti government must silence the screeching crows who were pleased with the Prince’s death. They should be put on trial as they have no religious values that deter them from attacking the dead.” His sentiments were echoed by Kuwaiti MP Waleed Al Tabtabai who called for the government to silence anyone who insulted the late Prince.
As a mark of respect female activists have postponed a driving protest scheduled to take place Sunday to coincide with last year's Women2Drive campaign.