SAUDI ARABIA bans all marches as mass protest is planned for Friday

Posted on March 7, 2011


This ought to be interesting!

SAUDI ARABIA bans all marches as mass protest is planned for Friday – Middle East, World – The Independent

March 5, 2011

Saudi Arabia bans all marches as mass protest is planned for Friday

By David Randall

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Extra troops are sent to north-east to quash any Shia protest as King Abdullah’s regime gets jittery and oil prices soar in response to the region’s continued unrest

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer and the regional domino whose fall the West fears most, yesterday announced that it would ban all protests and marches. The move – the stick to match the carrot of benefits worth $37bn (£23bn) recently offered citizens in an effort to stave off the unrest that has overtaken nearby states – comes before a “day of rage” threatened for this Friday by opponents of the regime.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said the kingdom has banned all demonstrations because they contradict Islamic laws and social values. The ministry said some people have tried to get around the law to “achieve illegitimate aims” and it warned that security forces were authorised to act against violators. By way of emphasis, a statement broadcast on Saudi television said the authorities would “use all measures” to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order.

Already, as The Independent reported yesterday, the ruling House of Saud had drafted security forces, possibly numbering up to 10,000, into the north-eastern provinces. These areas, home to most of the country’s Shia Muslim minority, have been the scenes of small demonstrations in recent weeks by protesters calling for the release of prisoners who they say are being held without trial. Saudi Shias also complain that they find it much harder to get senior government jobs and benefits than other citizens.

via Saudi Arabia bans all marches as mass protest is planned for Friday – Middle East, World – The Independent.

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