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Saudi protesters hold an anti-regime demonstration in Eastern Province. (File photo)

Saudi protesters hold an anti-regime demonstration in Eastern Province. (File photo)

Saudi security forces have demolished a Shia mosque in Eastern Province as anti-regime demonstrations continue in the country. The Ein Imam Hussein Mosque was razed by the regime forces as part of the crackdown on protesters in the town of Awamiyah. Prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr used to lead daily prayers in the mosque prior to his detention. Sheikh Nemr was attacked, injured and arrested by the security forces of the Al Saud regime while driving from a farm to his house in the Qatif region of Eastern Province on July 8. Rights activists say hundreds of political prisoners remain locked up in Saudi jails under harsh conditions and without access to a lawyer. People are randomly arrested by the Saudi police just for looking suspicious and are even held behind bars for years before they are charged. According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.” Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah in the oil-rich Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination. However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province. AO/MYA/HSN/MA
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