Saudi protesters have taken to the streets in the central province of al-Qassim to show their support for political prisoners held in the kingdom's prisons. The protest broke out in the city of Buraydah on Monday night, where demonstrators shouted slogans against the Al Saud regime and called for an immediate release of prisoners. "The nation wants the release of prisoners," they chanted.
Among the protesters were families of activists detained in al-Ha’ir prison, which is located some 25 miles south of the capital of Riyadh.They expressed concerns over the health condition of their loved ones following reports on prison guards' mistreatment of the prisoners held in the maximum-security detention center.
Since early 2011, the Arab kingdom has experienced anti-regime protests on an almost regular basis, demanding for greater social liberties, including freedom of speech and assembly, political reforms, and an end to widespread discrimination.The flashpoint region of Qatif and the town of Awamiyah in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province have been the scenes of most violent crackdowns against people’s peaceful protests. MRS/JR/IS