Saudis stage fresh anti-regime rally
A file photo of Saudi protests
Anti-regime protesters in the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia have staged yet another rally against the ruling Al Saud family, Press TV learnt.
Demonstrations took place in a number of towns and villages in the eastern part of the kingdom, including the town of Qatif, which has been the scene of numerous anti-regime rallies over the past few months.
While calling for greater freedom and equality, protesters also condemned the government for the brutal crackdown on peaceful anti-regime demonstrators.
In November, regime troops opened fire on protesters in the towns of Qatif, Awamiya and Shweika in the Eastern Province, killing five protesters and injuring dozens of others.
Riyadh received condemnation from Amnesty International and other human rights organizations across the world for repressing protesters and reformists after the crackdown.
The kingdom's Eastern Province has been the scene of anti-regime demonstrations, with the outraged public urging reforms, realization of freedom of expression as well as the release of political prisoners.
Saudi activists say there are more than 30,000 political inmates, mostly prisoners of conscious, in jails across the kingdom.
On March 5, 2011, the Saudi Interior Ministry called all public gatherings "illegal," authorizing regime forces “to take all measures needed” against the people who defied the ban.
The implementation of the suppressive measures, however, has failed to dishearten the protesters.