Hundreds of Saudi anti-government protesters staged a protest in the kingdom’s oil-producing Eastern Province Friday calling for prisoner releases and a withdrawal of Saudi forces from Bahrain, activists said.The protesters, mainly Shias, also called for the immediate release of what they called forgotten political prisoners. Â Protesters say the prisoners are being held unjustly and without trial, some as long as 16 years.
There were rallies in two villages close to the main center of Qatif shortly after Friday prayers and afternoon.
The first rally began after Friday prayers in the town of Rabi’eeya, which attended about 300 protesters, including dozens of women.
They called for political freedoms and an end to sectarian discrimination against the Shia community by the Wahhabi monarchy and demanded the release of nine ‘forgotten’ prisoners.
Some of young man wore Bahrain flags around their shoulders.
In the afternoon about 400 demonstrators waved Bahraini flags in a march in the town of Awwamiya including tens of Women and children. They condemned King’s troops invasion to Bahrain and called Peninsula Shield forces withdrawal from Bahrain.Back to top button
Demonstrators called for political freedoms and an end to sectarian discrimination against the Shia population by Wahhabi authorities.
In recent weeks Saudi Wahhabis arrested more that 120 Shia protesters in Qatif and Al Ahsa and they are still in detention.