By Meredith Kurz
Protesters spoke out against Saudi Arabia in Columbus Circle on Sunday afternoon A group that calls itself the Muslim Congress gathered near the Time Warner Center around 4 p.m. to protest. Saudi Arabia executed a Shia cleric, and protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in response.
After speaking to your esteemed colleague today who covered this story, it would have been nice to better inform the reader of the travesty against justice this represented. A 57 year old man was crucified and beheaded by the Saudi regime for uttering the following words:
“I want to vote for a President, not get dictated to by a self-appointed tyrant.”
As an Upper West Sider who’s ready plenty of great pieces from Westsiderrag.com, I’m grossly disappointed by the tepid and vapid caliber reporting on this piece.
If you’re looking for in-depth reporting on international events, you might try The New York Times. The event reported in the West Side Rag was a protest on the West Side, not the events underlying it thousands of miles away.
I haven’t heard any facts suggesting that the protest at the Time Warner Center represented a “travesty against [sic] justice”, and doubt very much that *anyone* was “crucified and beheaded” by anyone at Columbus Circle on Sunday afternoon.
This was a quick report on a local protest gathering. I don’t see anything “tepid and vapid” about it and certainly don’t see any reason for the reporter to apologize.
I apologize you misunderstood my hasty post/blurb. I was unable to stay at the protest which I came across en route to another appointment. I quickly snapped some pictures and a quote so you could further comment if you wished. Please provide us any details that I missed. I care about, and respect our community and want to share its many voices. I look forward to any insight you can provide.
No doubt Saudi Arabia is a brutal tyranny.
But whenever these Arab countries get an iota of freedom they descend into violence and anarchy.
It seems that Arab countries need a tyrant to keep things safe and stable.
Iranian protestors storming a foreign embassy in Tehran . . . . sounds familiar . . . .