Friday Feb 24, 201205:59 PM GMT
Saudi forces open fire on Qatif protest
An anti-government protest rally in Eastern Province (File Photo)
Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:58PM
LAST UPDATE
Share | Email | Print
Saudi security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Qatif, injuring at least three demonstrators.


Witnesses say regime forces attacked demonstrators in the eastern city on Friday after they chanted slogans against the government and called for the downfall of the ruling Al Saud family.

The demonstrators also condemned Riyadh’s crackdown on protests and demand the immediate release of political prisoners.

They also expressed solidarity with anti-regime protesters in neighboring Bahrain, where Saudi troops are helping the Manama government quell peaceful protests.

Similar anti-Al Saud rally was also held on Tarut Island.

Saudis have held peaceful demonstrations in Eastern Province, mostly in the cities of Qatif and Awamiyah since February last year on an almost regular basis, demanding reforms, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners.

Protesters also want an end to economic and religious discrimination against the oil-rich region. Several demonstrators have been killed and dozens of activists have been arrested since the beginning of protests in the region.

On Thursday, protest rallies were held across the province to demand the prosecution of those who opened fire on demonstrators one week earlier.

Saudi security forces broke up the rallies using force and arrested several demonstrators.

Riyadh has intensified its crackdown on protesters since the beginning of 2012.

HM/HGH
Related Stories:
Comments
Add Comment Click Here
Latest From Middle East
  • Today
  • Last Week
  • Last Month
  • Today
  • Last Week
  • Last Month
Follow Us
© Copyright 2012 Press TV. All rights reserved. | About PressTV | Contact Us | Frequencies | Privacy Policy