King Abdullah’s death: World leaders shed a tear, some people do not!

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He procured billions of dollars’ worth of defence equipment from USA and UK. He hosted multiple U.S. Presidents and otherworld leaders (UK, Russia, included), and made frequent visits to the United States. He imprisoned his four daughters in the royal palace for being vocal about women’s rights. He is Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s King who died today (January 23, 2015) at the age of 90.

Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record has been constantly ignored by the world leaders. The country’s corporal punishment include amputations of hands and feet for robbery, flogging for ‘lesser crimes’ such as ‘sexual deviance’, etc. More recently, furore erupted, when Raif Badawi, a writer and activist, was jailed for blogging about free speech. Termed as anti-Islamic, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes.

As the news of the king’s death became known, people and even world leaders took to the popular microblogging site to express their condolences, some otherwise. When the world leaders showered praises, calling him a reformer, it infuriated people across the world.

This is what people have to say  


In contrast, the world leaders seemed to shed a tear