Around 80 people gathered outside Vienna's controversial Saudi-financed religious dialogue centre on Friday, to protest against the flogging of blogger Raif Badawi.

The Greens party has been organising weekly protests outside the centre, which has failed to criticise the punishment. Badawi was sentenced last May to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam" and disobedience.

The Greens human rights spokeswoman Alev Korun said she hoped the Saudi royal family would show sympathy for Badawi, after the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, but added that she feared that his death would do nothing to change the kingdom's stance on human rights or freedom of expression.

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