Deera Square

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Deera Square
ساحة الديرة
Chop Chop Square.jpg
The square in 2011
LocationRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates24°37′51″N 46°42′43″E / 24.630884°N 46.711838°E / 24.630884; 46.711838Coordinates: 24°37′51″N 46°42′43″E / 24.630884°N 46.711838°E / 24.630884; 46.711838
Known forPublic executions

Deera Square (Arabic: ساحة الديرة‎) is a public space in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Al-Safaa Square (Arabic: ساحة الصفاة‎), Justice Square[1] and colloquially called Chop Chop Square.[2]

After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.


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  1. ^ "Justice In Saudi Arabia". 11 December 2002. Archived from the original on 7 March 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2006.
  2. ^ Ledoux, Abby (November 13, 2014). "Three months in Riyadh". The Milton Independent. St. Albans, Vermont. ..."Chop Chop Square," or less colloquially, Deera Square, a large, brick yard where the public gathers to watch corporal punishments and capital executions.