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Saturday 25 February 2012

Saudi regime forces arrest protesters in Awamiyah

Saudi regime forces arrest protesters in Awamiyah
Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:13PM GMT

Saudi police have arrested a number of demonstrators after anti-regime protesters took to the streets in Eastern Province, despite threats of crackdown on pro-reform protests in the kingdom.

Demonstrations were held on Thursday in several towns and villages in the oil-rich region, including the towns of Qatif and Awamiyah.

The protesters demanded that their rights be upheld, and also called for the prosecution of those who opened fire on demonstrators a week ago.

They also expressed solidarity with the revolution in neighboring Bahrain.

Saudi regime forces attacked the protests and arrested several protesters in Awamiyah.

The Thursday demonstrations are the latest in a wave of anti-government rallies in Eastern Province.

Saudi officials in Riyadh have recently threatened to crack down on any dissidents in the region. Activists have, however, vowed to continue their movement.

Security forces have killed several anti-regime protesters since last November.

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