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Female student killed in Saudi Arabian city of Abha
Female students in Saudi Arabia hold an anti-regime rally to protest discrimination and injustice in the kingdom. (File photo)
Thu Mar 8, 2012 4:49PM
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A female student in Saudi Arabia has been killed during an anti-government protest rally in the southwestern city of Abha, the capital city of Asir Province.

The epileptic student reportedly died of a head injury she had sustained on Wednesday after Saudi regime forces attacked a gathering of female students of King Khalid University in Abha.

The demonstrators were protesting against injustice and inequality in the kingdom, expressing anger about discrimination and mistreatment exercised by security officials at the university.

At least 53 students were injured in the violent attack by Saudi security forces and religious police, which also caused one of the protesters to suffer a miscarriage.

Nearly 30 university professors have resigned following the brutal crackdown on the female students. Meanwhile, students have been called on to hold a demonstration on Saturday to demand the president of the university to resign.

Saudi Arabia is facing growing unrest and people have been demanding justice, freedom of expression and release of political prisoners since early 2011.

Anti-government protest rallies are mostly held in the Kingdom's Eastern Province but despite a violent crackdown on demonstrations, it appears that the protests are now spreading across the country.

Several demonstrators have been killed and dozens of activists have been arrested since the beginning of protests in the region.

On February 23, 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 start of 2012.

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