Thursday Sep 20, 201211:31 PM GMT
Saudis rally to demand release of political prisoners
In this file photo, people in the Saudi city of Qatif hold anti-regime demonstration.
In this file photo, people in the Saudi city of Qatif hold anti-regime demonstration.
Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:29PM
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Anti-regime protesters in the Saudi city of Qatif in the oil-rich Eastern Province have taken to the streets, demanding that the kingdom release all political prisoners, Press TV reports.


During a massive really on Thursday, they also called on Saudi authorities to stop the violent crackdown on the protest rallies.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, as well as 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.

Saudi police make random arrests of people who allegedly look suspicious. The detainees are often held behind bars for years without any indictment.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

KA/MA
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