Saudi Arabia: A land of no protests

Mount Arafat, Saudi Arabia Masked pilgrims climbed Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Monday July 20 to pray and repent in the climax of this year's hajj, the smallest in modern times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A tight security cordon was erected all around the foot of the rocky hill outside Mecca, also known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy, for the high point of the annual ritual. But this year, security and military forces were also on full alert all across the kingdom for fear of something that could shake the throne of Al Saud; planned nationwide protests.

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