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Brutality of life in Saudi Arabia

A shocking documentary will reveal the brutality of life in Saudi Arabia – where a woman is beheaded in the street and five bodies are strung up in a public display.

Saudi Arabia Uncovered aims to reveal the hidden reality inside one of the world’s most secretive and strict Islamic regimes and questions Britain’s relationship with the country.

In one particularly shocking scene in ITV’s Exposure documentary, a woman is pinned down at the side of a public road by four Saudi officers and executed after she has been convicted of killing her stepdaughter.

The policeman pins her down and decapitates her with a sword after she screams, ‘I did not do it’.

In another beheading scene the executioner, dressed in white robes, raises the sword above his head and brings it down in just one sweep.

So far this year the country has been executing people at a rate of one per day.


CNN A woman is about to beheaded in Saudi Arabia
Shocking footage of a woman about to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia

In the Saudi capital of Riyadh, viewers are introduced to a large public space nicknamed Chop Chop Square because so many people are executed there.

The drainage system is stained red from the blood spilt in the square.

Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the West, but with unprecedented access to an underground network of young activists, the film uncovers a society where opposition is beginning to find its voice.

Liveleak Woman are hanged in Saudi Arabia
The grim scene shows bodies hanging from a pole for all to see

Covertly-shot footage sheds a light on largely unseen corners of life in the Kingdom, where media access is very strictly controlled. Revealed in the footage are prisons in chaos, poverty on the streets, and religious police enforcing fundamentalism.

Read more: Ministers block Saudi arms ban despite reports UK weapons are being used in Yemen war

This undercover footage is combined with personal stories of those inside the kingdom, including activists for women’s rights, and exclusive new interviews from senior British and American figures, to ask if it is time to reassess our relationship with Saudi Arabia.

The documentary was filmed for six months undercover and also exposes the extremes of wealth and poverty in Saudi Arabia.

Youtube/alweeam com A woman is shoved out of the way by a man in Saudi Arabia
A woman is shoved out of the way by a man in a supermarket

Women are considered to be second-class citizens and police beating women is the norm.

In one scene a male supermarket customer violently pushes a woman to the floor for no reason and walks past her.

Another gruesome scene shows five bodies hanging from a pole that is suspended between two cranes.

It serves as a public reminder to those who might consider turning to crime.

The gang of five robbers were publicly beheaded before their corpses were strung up in public for days.

In Saudi Arabia, blasphemy is punishable by stoning or execution and theft by amputation.

If anyone is found guilty of insulting Islam they face 10 years in prison or 1,000 lashes.

The documentary tells the story of the brave men and women who dared to speak out against the Saudi regime.

Saudi Arabia Uncovered, produced by Hardcash Productions, airs on ITV on Tuesday March 22 at 10.40pm.

Daily Mirror

38 Comments on "Brutality of life in Saudi Arabia"

  1. Plantagenet on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 5:26 pm 

    Saudi Arabia is simply following Shariah Law. It may not be the same as our western law, but it does reflect the traditional Islamic culture of the Middle East.

  2. Apneaman on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 5:31 pm 

    Looks like a rough country. Sure

    “The death tolls change, the places change: Nine in a church, 23 in a restaurant, 26 in an elementary school, 14 at a holiday party. The faces in the memorial photos change the most.

    But the weapons are the common denominator.

    Mass killings in the United States are most often carried out with guns, usually handguns, most of them obtained legally.”

    2015: The year of mass shootings


  3. Pennsyguy on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 5:48 pm 

    You are correct Apnea. The USA and KSA are brutal, corrupt, allied and doomed, as are most other nations. That’s what occurs when a thinking species escapes its ecological niche.

  4. GregT on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 6:10 pm 

    The big difference between the KSA, and the USA? In the KSA it is mostly the criminals who are being killed. In the USA it is mostly the criminas who are doing all of the killing.

  5. makati1 on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 7:03 pm 

    Perhaps public executions actually curtail crime? We hide it inside prisons and it never makes the news in pictures. We used to just hang them from the nearest tree, in public. Maybe that is why there is more crime in the Us than the KSA?

  6. RickRod on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 7:18 pm 

    Saudi Arabia and ISIS are one in the same and the US blesses Saudi Arabia support of ISIS in Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

  7. onlooker on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 8:08 pm 

    I do not care about Shariah Law or whatever. Their attitude towards women is deplorable.

  8. Plantagenet on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 8:36 pm 

    Devout Muslims find US attitudes toward women to be disrespectful and deplorable.

  9. onlooker on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 9:34 pm 

    Oh you mean Plant, the attitudes of seeing women as equal to men, allowing them much of the same opportunities as men, not seeing them as possessions of men, those attitudes. Seeing how all that is so disrespectful and deplorable towards women

  10. malahmadi on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 10:00 pm 

    I think saudi government should sue ITV since most of what has been shown is not true.
    The cranes use to hang people is used only by Iranian.
    The man who pushed the lady in the supermarket is an expat and was caught by the police later.This story was on twitter few months ago.

  11. makati1 on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 10:20 pm 

    onlooker, for most of history women were not equal and still are not. Legislation does not make it so. They still make less than men in the same job. Get promoted less, etc. Still are the weaker sex.(No, I am not anti-women, I am just realistic in my vision and 28 years of living with a wife and 3 daughters.) Women are designed by their genes to be mothers, not warriors.

    But, behind the scenes in most of the Muslim world, they still run the family and have a say in family decisions, money, etc.. Only bull dykes, like Billary, think they should be equal to men, or better. Mother Nature did not design them to be so.

    Many here have only the brainwashed. propagandized version of how the world works and looks outside the lower 48. Jewish Hollywood has you blind to reality.

  12. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 10:34 pm 

    Saudi Arabia is on borrowed time. Nation states do not hasten their collapse because the peasants revolt, they hasten their collapse because the elite begin to fight over diminishing wealth. When peasant revolts do succeed it’s because a element of the elite sided with them. The House of Saud consists of about 15000 people (probably means men) but only about 2000 hold power and wealth. With the most recent succession plan, the King making his son heir and defense minister and the state of the Kingdoms finances I suspect that the 2000 is going to get whittled down quite a bit. The ones losing power and wealth will not go quietly. The elites in Saudi Arabia are engaged in a power struggle that will hasten the demise of the kingdom. In fairly short order it will hit a critical inflection point and the House of Cards will tumble. Factors contributing to the critical inflection point include future decreases in oil production combined with future increases in domestic oil consumption, war with regional opponents, increasing cost of importing food and water scarcity. The House of Saud is not exactly a homogeneous organization.

  13. deadlykillerbeaz on Mon, 21st Mar 2016 11:25 pm 

    In 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in France. In 1792, it was the Reign of Terror. Marie Antoinette was beheaded with a guillotine. Just so much fun out there no matter where you go.

    “When the mob went to the prison de la Force, where the Royal attendants were chiefly confined, the Princess DE LAMBALLE went down on her knees to implore a suspension of her fate for 24 hours. This was at first granted, until a second mob more ferocious than the first, forced her apartments, and decapitated her. The circumstances which attended her death were such as makes humanity shudder, and which decency forbids us to repeat:—Previous to her death, the mob offered her every insult. Her thighs were cut across, and her bowels and heart torn from her, and for two days her mangled body was dragged through the streets.”

    Humans are just so inhumane, they just plain suck.

    Here in America, back about forty years ago Charlie Manson was having all kinds of fun. He could do ‘er up good.

    Charlie Manson should be set free and shipped to Saudi Arabia to show the good folks over there how it is really done.

  14. Davy on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 5:55 am 

    Modern life is a mixed bag for woman but we can say the same for everyone. We can say that the cultural arrangements we have today are not natural per our hard wiring from thousands of years of cultural evolution. Just as the human economic arrangement is not natural and is not mixing well in the complex and highly productive natural environment we are destroying by the day. We are even not fitted for a stable climate. We are one of those disruptor species that change the world and in this case for the worse for all.

    Women, had a much tougher life pre industrial revolution but like men they had a defined identity and place. Today we are in a grey area of mixed roles and identities. Fairness and opportunity have a valid place to a point. Everything can be taken to extremes. We should be looking more to nature than to our so called modern great thinkers that are a dime a dozen today. Mark Twain said “Hunger is the handmaid of genius”. We are taking everything to extremes and the results are decay and decline. This is obviously and simply limits and diminishing returns. Women’s modern roles are part of this decay and decline. They are half the equation and a vital one in the early development of children that become adults. What we lack today is adult behavior so that tell you something about modern women’s roles.

    In previous time women were the home makers. They organized the food and maintained the shelter among so many other important activities. If you look at a possible coming power down we are going to have no choice but for women to gravitate back to traditional roles. I might add why should that gravitation back be considered bad? The same is true for men. Most men will be back to traditional agrarian work. There are the professional trades of craftsmen and merchants but most will be on the land. Look back to what people did 100 years ago and we see most people were on the land or doing manual labor. This is a process and we do not know the speed or degree of change. So we need to clarify that process as “if we are lucky” we can unwind without a dangerous collapse into something far more primitive. If we continue to make poor choices we may skip several levels down to a level of base survival.

    If we make it through this potential bottleneck period without the worst we will have to go back to a simpler arrangement. This arrangement has been proven and we have our history to refer to for a guide. We can and should take the best of what we have learned in our short stint as industrial man. We destroyed our culture and environment but we can at least hang on to some important truths of a horrible time of cancerous growth and wanton destruction of a planet.

    Women will have to migrate back to a traditional role along with men. We will all have new roles that are old roles. This is by necessity and not by choice. It is those locals that embrace this devolution that survive. Those that resist will be crushed. This is paradoxically a human renaissance. It is a renaissance because we will have come to realize through our destruction a truth. That truth is we must live by natural law and with nature. Our current attitude is to live by human exceptionalism and human knowledge. Look where that got us.

  15. Practicalmaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 8:10 am 

    Makati did you miss the article about 2 females passing ranger school?
    Look at African countries doing well now, chances are pretty good they have a female leader. Elizabeth Warren wants to know what political changes you have pushed for.
    WOman don’t make good conquerers, they have a greater ability for empathy and compassion in most cases. IMHO they would fight just as hard for their homeland as a man.

  16. Anonymous on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 8:46 am 

    I have to wonder about the claim of the roadside beheading. It does not seem credible for a number of reasons. Very few(any?) states, would ever give their rank and file police powers of summary execution. Without going into a long essay, the short of it is, gov’ts, even ones as oppressive as Saudi Arabia tend to guard their power jealousy. To allow mere ‘cops’ to summarily execute someone in the manner alleged above would mean the police are allowed to circumvent the courts,the law,the gov’t itself. The big worry here would be, if the police are allowed to behead anyone at random w/o trial in the street, what is to stop the police from deciding to behead their own superiors? Or gov’t officials? The answer, is very little. So no gov’t in their right mind would ever allow their street cops to murder someone the way alleged. Not saying this to be ‘nice’ to the worlds most brutal regime, (After the uS and Isreal), but because there’s already a lot of discontent in ‘Saud’ land, and acts like this, could have the opposite effect. Make people more likely to resist.

    This not any kind of defence of the uS puppets, the house of ‘Saud’. Not at all. They are murderers, thieves, liars and execute people with great regularity, and likely enthusiasm as well. Even an authoritarian hell hole like ‘Saudi’ Arabia, never shy about torturing or murdering it own people, could very well see widespread unrest if the police could act in such a brutal manner. If the cops act this way, no one in Saud land would see any reason to trust the law, courts, or anything at all. That is how revolutions start, and Sauds, brutal and sub-human as they are, must know this.

    I dont doubt Saudi cops are used to murder people opposed to the regime, I am pretty sure they do-probably fairly often too. But this wasn’t a case of that at all.

  17. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 8:48 am 

    What a coincidence that the violence that many here believe is perpetrated by Saudi supported terrorist, always seems to target public transportation. The Saudis real competition in Europe. Just today, another subway attack, between neglect of light rail infrastructure here in the US and terrorism in Europe, I see a war on public transportation.

  18. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 8:55 am 

    Anonymous, the superiors probably keep the underlings in check the same way that people are placated in the US, a full belly of sugar and fat, and some powerful AC for cooling those tempers.
    Violent crimes happen more in hot weather, so if the boss just sits directly under a high powered ac, that way the violent underling becomes calmer as they approach.

  19. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:11 am 

    I guess the US is not the only one with a war on whistle blowers.

  20. makati1 on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:14 am 

    Practical, there are exceptions to every rule, but not many in this case. Do you really think the lying Bilary would make a good prez? LMAO. She is a war mongering part of the problem in the Us. The elite who want to rule the world. How about the butch dyke that runs Germany? Margaret Thatcher? And on and on. War mongering power mad, bitches all.

    Two females out of approximately 165,000,000 in the Us. Big percentage. They are probably built like a pro wrestler also. More male hormones than female. As I said, there are exceptions, but not many. Why would any sane female want to go to war anyway. Even sane males should not want that suicide wish. They are not protecting anything except the elite masters income form wars of choice. They are not defending America. They are defending corporations, as you are going to find out in the near future.

    I respect females who don’t want to be males in drag. They have a greater responsibility to care for and raise the next generation of Americans to a responsible adulthood, not try to prove they can out macho men. Nuff said.

  21. joe on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:19 am 

    So many apologists. Women ARE beheaded in the streets, the squares DO run red with human blood every Friday and women are second class.
    They must walk behind men, and its not just islam, though islam seems to be the most violent, its a huge portion of Asian and middle east culture, so therefore its a massive portion of the world.
    Their smiles are not fake, they think this life is a normal life. Yet the liberal globalists insist on mixing them into western culture because it makes THEM richer, globalization, no borders etc.
    Its doomed to fail as eastern culture dominates and replaces western and liberals become good old fashioned wealth seeking blood suckers.
    Religion comes a far second to wealth for most people.

  22. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:26 am 

    No but look at Trump. A vain egotistical overconfident douche bag, those are traits that are found more often in men, I see Bernie as an exception, admitting there is a very real limit to what he can accomplish without the public working tirelessly along with him. I know what the wars the US are fought for, I have many friends who were coerced by lack of other economical options into joining those wars, or being coerced be the 911 hype. Which resulted in nationalism that was used to benefit a very evil MAN, Dick Cheney.

    Could you have ever passed ranger school? No, there you go, you are not an exception, you are actually a vast majority of men. I see young women in the future being on average more capable than men because at least they have more social pressure to not be obese, the male warrior of the future will probably be a sweaty dude with a joy stick in Nevada.
    What is the point of man then, lets admit it, its sperm donor, anyone can do it.

    I see Merkel as a pretty good leader, I do not follow politics in EU all that closely, but she has enormous influence and her country is trying to do right with renewables and immigrants (even if they effed up a couple times) Do you think Obama could keep a country together with with as much tension over their regarding immigration? Because I do not.

  23. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:34 am 

    It is not that a woman is trying to be a man, it is that she is trying to be self sufficient. Is farming not kind of a macho thing? Hunting? Should woman not learn these things to be able to survive a distopian future?

    That female fox anchor who has been going back and forth with Trump, I refuse to learn the names of any fox news employees, is obviously more intelligent and articulate than Trump, but in our stupid society his second grade insults get more respect from the mob than her carefully formed statements.

  24. joe on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 9:39 am 

    Merkel, self sufficient? Good? Germans are being attacked in the streets.
    Jihadis blowing themselves up monthly now.
    What do you think is going to happen? Its heading for a civil war like the Balkans where the US backed jihadis against Christians because they had the temerity to ask Russia for help against Muslims.
    9-11 was carried out by people who believe that YOU are guilty of murder because your president bombs people and
    because YOU vote then you by your action support that action.

  25. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 10:02 am 

    Germans were attacked in the street on new years because no one in a position of power in the police force said “well we just got 2 million new member of the public, who came from a war zone and may have ptsd, who have never drank and who are not used to seeing a woman not hiding her whole body, maybe we should add some cops for tonight.” These people deal with soccer hooligans and cant handle a mob?
    911 was carried out by people who are funded indirectly through fossil fuels, or it was an inside job. I mean was building 7 just depressed by the loss of its brethren so it self destructed?

  26. Apneaman on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 1:03 pm 

    Germans are pussies. Got whooped and are still occupied by the western victors 70 years later. The only reason the eastern victors are not still there is because they collapsed. One would think with tens of thousands of US service men there they might help out with the refugee crisis. No. They ain’t there to help anyone but themselves. Bet they fuck more German women then a bunch of raggedy assed refugees do. Cold war ended 25 years ago, Why are the bases still there?

  27. PracticalMaina on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 1:32 pm 

    Apneaman it is so we can keep an eye on those damn dirty hippies in Amsterdam, they’re up to something over there, with their windmills and bikes and wood shoes and shit.

  28. geopressure on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 2:19 pm 

    i hate hippies

  29. Apneaman on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 2:32 pm 

    Geo, actually, the hippies got pregnant, had kids and went to work for corporate America back in 1973. IOW, they do not exist. I’ve noticed that’s a pattern with you – hating on and fearing that which does not exist.

  30. Apneaman on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 2:44 pm 

    The Prison-Commercial Complex

  31. Apneaman on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 2:46 pm 

    Civil Forfeiture: America’s daylight robbery, courtesy of the War on Drugs

  32. geopressure on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 4:15 pm 

    Obviously, you’ve never been to a phish show…

  33. techkno on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 5:40 pm 

    Most of us on this site agree that the powers that be have managed human affairs to the brink of disaster. TPTB are for the most part old men. They enjoy sending young men off to war, now they are morphing women into combatants. If we agree that the old white guys have created a mess, why keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result? That would be insane. Young males that prosper in the political system don’t seem to be any more enlightened. For the last 7 years we’ve tried a young black guy – more war.
    Some women who succeed in the old boys network are just ‘one of the boys’. ie Margaret Thatcher. That’s probably what Hillary Clinton offers – more war.
    The Declaration of Independence postulates that “all men are created equal”. That is patently false as well as incomplete. Should all people be equal before the law? Yes. That makes sense.
    Monarchies and royal families are an abomination. They have long since been repudiated. The United States threw off the British monarchy for good cause, how dare we even tolerate the Saudi Royal Family?
    Now I don’t have a religious bone in my body, but the Golden Rule seems reasonable. Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. Equal opportunity for all is an appropriate tenet of 21st century societies.
    As for violence against women, how dare anyone? We are all born of women. And, when our government and military napalmed children in SouthEast Asia, was that more enlightened than what the Saudi’s are doing? What about Hiroshima and Nagasaki? (a completely unnecessary criminal act), How many thousands of women died horribly then? When some jerk with a joystick bombs a wedding party in Iraq,Afghanistan or Pakistan isn’t it likely that females die? What, it’s ok if we do it remotely?
    Tribalism and nationalism are at the root of our propensity for violence. What ever the future looks like, let us do the best we can to renounce violence.

    Jill Stein is a physician, a woman and a candidate for President of the United States. She can heal our politics. It’s not the alternative, it’s the imperative.

  34. Tumbleweeds on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 6:41 pm 

    I have friends from Iran and Iraq. Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia does not remotely approximate my friends, who are peace-loving, mutually respectful and extremely devoted parents and wonderful friends. Be very careful about your stereotypes and generalizations.

  35. makati1 on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 7:20 pm 

    Practical, Yes, were I to bother putting my X on the ballot paper (which I will not), I would vote for Trump just to see the destruction of the Washington elite. Billary is going to take the Us into a hot World War 3 if she is elected. And it will turn nuclear in the US this time. There will probably not ever be another election if she is allowed to become the Prez.

    This is one of the most interesting election cycles I have seen in many a year. Either way it goes will destroy America. Pass the popcorn.

  36. makati1 on Tue, 22nd Mar 2016 7:27 pm 

    Tumbleweeds, most Americans have never been outside their country. They are fed a daily does of propaganda by their government and have a very warped picture of the world as it exists today. A few have traveled in the past but that is another world. Not today’s world.

    I have been to the ME. I visited Dubai twice (in 2006 and 2007). I found it to be a very nice place and the people friendly. The city is beautiful. The regular Muslims/Arabs were very nice and peace loving as are most of the 7+ billion of us. It is the greedy, power hungry few who we allow to run our government and lives that are the problem. I guess that will never change. Or at least it will only change when the bottleneck kills them off. We shall see.

  37. PracticalMaina on Wed, 23rd Mar 2016 11:50 am 

    Why wouldn’t you vote for Bernie Sanders? A Jewish man who is not supportive of or supported by AIPAC, sounds good to me. Trump would not be the end of things because he is the epitome of a hypocrite. “I would bring jobs HOME,” even though my clothing lines are made overseas. It is about like Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, such bullshit it is kind of ironic. The 2 current “front runners” would both use executive powers to pardon themselves of crimes already committed, that is never a good sign.

    You could not pay me enough to visit the middle east, now that the ancient ruins of the birthplace of man are under the control of our mad dog proxy. I do not want to go to Dubai or UAE or any other bullshit tourist trap built on the backs of slave labor. The one good thing about climate change is it will clean out those fancy palm tree looking islands that were built with the money that was earned from our atmospheres destruction.

  38. Apneaman on Thu, 24th Mar 2016 2:31 am 

    The US likes to share it’s brutality with the world.

    Thousands protest in Okinawa over alleged rape by U.S. serviceman

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