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« on: June 08, 2013, 08:06:33 AM »
Source: Situation in Saudi Arabia Nearing Explosion

Saturday 08 Jun 2013
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9203180216



TEHRAN (FNA)- The situation in Saudi Arabia is nearing a social and political blast as Takfiri armed rebels are returning home from Syria after sustaining huge losses, defeats and failures in there, media reports cautioned on Saturday.
   
"The condition of Saudi Arabia is moving towards explosion and its situation is no better than other countries which are currently witnessing difficult conditions," al-Manar news website quoted European sources as saying.

"It won't last long before the current popular protests overwhelm the country because at present you can witness uproar in Saudi Arabia which is not just restricted to its Eastern parts," the sources added.

The sources said violence will likely return to Saudi Arabia soon when state and western interests will be targeted because the aftershocks of terrorism have already started and the victory of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the terrorists will force them to leave Syria for other regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, which will be a beginning for the return of terrorists to the countries where they have originated from.

Saudi Arabia together with a number of other regional countries, including Qatar and Turkey, have been supporting the armed rebels in Syria since the beginning of violence in the Muslim country in March 2011.
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Saudi Forces Detain 140 Protestors in 'Freedom Sit-in' in Different Cities

Wednesday 12 Jun 2013
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9203181780



TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi security forces detained over 140 male and female protestors who had gathered in different cities of the Muslim country to stage peaceful protests dubbed 'Freedom Sit-in'.
   
The sit-in organized by a number of political groups and activists were held in Mecca, Buraidah, Riyadh cities as well as Joaf and Hae'l regions.

The Saudi rapid reaction forces surrounded and attacked peaceful protests in Hae'l and Buraidah regions. They also hit a female protestor in Riyadh with their cars.

They also beat people in Buraidah, Mecca, Hae'l, Riyadh and Joaf with batons.

On March 1, Saudi security forces also arrested over 300 protesters, including 15 women, after hundreds of people gathered outside the investigation and prosecution bureau in Buraidah to demand the release of political prisoners.

The Saudi regime, hit by anti-regime protests, has intensified its crackdown against dissidents.

Activists said Saudi regime forces arrested dozens of prominent figures, including two Shiite clerics Sheikh Mohammad al-Atiyah and Sheikh Badr al-Taleb, during the two-day period of March 17 and 18.

Since February 2011, demonstrators have held anti-regime protest rallies on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and the town of al-Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Saudi regime, especially after November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and wounded many others in the province.
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Saudi prince defects: 'Brutality, oppression as govt scared of Arab revolts'

Published time: August 12, 2013 11:37
Edited time: August 12, 2013 12:27
source: http://rt.com/news/saudi-arabia-opposition-prince-374/

Saudi Arabia, a major supporter of opposition forces in Syria, has increased crackdown on its own dissenters, with 30,000 activists reportedly in jail. In an exclusive interview to RT a Saudi prince defector explained what the monarchy fears most.

“Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens,” Human Rights Watch begins the country’s profile on its website.

Political parties are banned in Saudi Arabia and human rights groups willing to function legally have to go no further than investigating things like corruption or inadequate services. Campaigning for political freedoms is outlawed.

One of such groups, which failed to get its license from the government, the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was cited by AFP as saying the kingdom was holding around 30,000 political prisoners.

Saudi Prince Khaled Bin Farhan Al-Saud, who spoke to RT from Dusseldorf, Germany, confirmed reports of increased prosecution of anti-government activists and said that it’s exactly what forced him to defect from his family. He accused the monarchy of corruption and silencing all voices of dissent and explained how the Saudi mechanism for suppression functioned.

“There is no independent judiciary, as both police and the prosecutor’s office are accountable to the Interior Ministry. This ministry’s officials investigate ‘crimes’ (they call them crimes), related to freedom of speech. So they fabricate evidence, don’t allow people to have attorneys”, the prince told RT Arabic. “Even if a court rules to release such a ‘criminal’, the Ministry of Interior keeps him in prison, even though there is a court order to release him. There have even been killings! Killings! And as for the external opposition, Saudi intelligence forces find these people abroad! There is no safety inside or outside the country.”


Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud

Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud announced his defection from the Saudi Arabian royal family on July 27.

“They don’t think about anything but their personal benefits and do not care for the country’s and people’s interests, or even national security,” his statement reads as cited by the website of Tehran-based Al Alam International News Channel.

The prince criticized the royal family for silencing all voices calling for reforms and said he learned of the common Saudis’ sufferings having gone through “horrible personal experience,” without specifying exactly what it was.


The strong wave of oppression is in response to the anti-government forces having grown ever more active. A new opposition group called Saudi Million and claiming independence from any political party was founded in late July. The Saudi youths which mostly constitute the movement say they demand the release of political prisoners and vow to hold regular demonstrations, announcing their dates and locations via Facebook and electronic newspapers.

Human rights violations are driving people on to the streets despite the fear of arrest, according to activist Hala Al-Dosari, who spoke to RT from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“We have issues related to political and civil rights, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. These are the main issues that cause a lot of people to be at risk for just voicing out their opinions or trying to form associations, demonstrate or protest, which is banned by the government.”

The loudest voice of the Saudi opposition at the moment is a person called ‘Saudi Assange’. His Twitter name is @Mujtahidd, he keeps his identity and whereabouts secret and is prolific in online criticism of the ruling family, which has gained him over a million followers. 

“The regime can destroy your credibility easily and deter people from dealing with you if your identity is public,” Mujtahid wrote to RT’s Lindsay France in an email.

The Twitter activist’s anonymity is understandable. The most recent example of what can happen to activists is the case of Raif Badawi, the founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, who was found guilty of insulting Islam through his online forum and sentenced the activist to 600 lashes and seven years in prison.

In June, seven people were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for ‘inciting protests’ via Facebook. The indicted denied charges and said they were tortured into confession.

“The government is obviously scared of the Arab revolutions. And they’ve responded as they usually do: by resorting to oppression, violence, arbitrary law, and arrest,” Prince Khaled says, adding that so far the tougher the measures the government took to suppress the dissent, the louder that dissent’s voice was.

“The opposition used to demand wider people’s representation in governing bodies, more rights and freedoms. But the authorities reacted with violence and persecution, instead of a dialogue. So the opposition raised the bar. It demanded constitutional monarchy, similar to what they have in the UK, for example. And the Saudi regime responded with more violence. So now the bar is even higher. Now the opposition wants this regime gone.”

There was a time, at the beginning of the Arab Spring movement in the region in 2011, when the government tried to appease opposition activists by a $60 billion handout program by King Abdullah, according to Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for the Asia Times. He calls that move an attempt to “bribe” the population. However there was also a stick with this carrot.

“The stick is against the Shiite minority - roughly 10 percent of Saudi Arabia - who live in the Eastern province where most of the oil is, by the way. They don’t want to bring down the House of Saud essentially. They want more participation, judiciary not answering to religious powers and basically more democratic freedoms. This is not going to happen in Saudi Arabia. Period. Nor in the other Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] petro-monarchies”.

Escobar points out the hypocrisy of the Saudi Arabian rulers, who feel free to advise other regional powers on how to move towards democracy, despite their poor human rights record. 

“They say to the Americans that they are intervening in Syria for a more democratic post-Assad Syria and inside Saudi Arabia it’s the Sunni-Shiite divide. They go against 10 percent of their own population.”

'Buying favors from West'

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on opposition has been strongly condemned by human rights organizations, but not by Western governments, which usually claim sensitivity to such issues.
 
“The White House certainly does maintain a long-standing alliance with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, cemented by common political, economic and military interests in the Middle East,” said Prince Khaled.

Germany came under fierce criticism last week over its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, which have almost tripled in just two years, from 570 million euro in 2011 to almost one-and-a-half billion in 2012.

And Angela Merkel's government has approved weapons exports of more than 800 million euro in the first half of this year - suggesting the level will continue to grow.

“With arms they [Gulf States] are also buying favors from the West. They are insuring the maintenance of their legitimacy on spending massive amounts of money that are pouring into Western economies,” Dr. Ahmed Badawi, co-executive director of Transform, which studies conflicts and political developments, told RT.

In 2012, Amnesty International claimed that German-made small firearms, ammunition and military vehicles were commonly used by Middle Eastern and North African regimes to suppress peaceful demonstrations.

“Small arms are becoming real weapons of mass destruction in the world now. There is absolutely no way to guarantee that the weapons that are being sold legally to countries like Saudi Arabia, even Egypt, do not fall into the hands of terrorists. The two important examples are German assault rifles found in the regions in Mexico and also in Libya. And there’s absolutely no way of knowing how these weapons ended up there,” Badawi said.
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Saudis Go on Full Alert after Putin Threatens to Hit S. Arab in Reprisal for US Attack on Syria

Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:37
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920610001158



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) reported that President Putin’s orders this week to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria has “stunned” the Saudis forcing them to go on “full war alert”.

The Arabic Al-Ahd News Service confirmed the Saudis war alert by further stating:

“The Saudi Army is on full alert since today due to the increased possibility of a military attack by the US military against Syria. The ground force operations command of the Saudi Army has ordered all the military units in Saudi Arabia to stand at a level 2 alert and fears were bolstered by recent statements by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in terms of a possible military strike against Saudi Arabia by Moscow.”

Meantime, according to whatdoesitmean.com, the GRU has also reported that Pakistan’s largest religious-political party Jamiat Ahle Hadith (JAH) is now threatening Russia too over Putin’s “war order” against Saudi Arabia, and as we can read as reported by The International News Service:

“Addressing a Press conference on Thursday, JAH Vice President Allama Zubair Ahmad Zaheer said that his party would hold demonstrations in all major cities to express solidarity with Saudi Arabia, and to condemn Russian president for his wild and unscrupulous threats."

He warned Putin that he would invite wrath from entire Muslim world if he dared to attempt harm Saudi Arabia. He demanded Islamabad to sever ties with Moscow. He said Russian president’s threat would be treated as a declaration of war against Islam and a strong Jihad would be waged against Russia.

This GRU report noted that both the Saudis “war moves” and Pakistan’s “provocative threats” against Russia are being engineered by Obama regime apparatchiks who now control the largest secret intelligence organization ever created in modern human history and which the Washington Post News Service, using top-secret documents released to them by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reports cost over $52 billion and employs over 107,000 spies.

The Obama regime's rush to attack Syria, this GRU report continued, was dealt a “severe blow” yesterday after the British Parliament revolted against Prime Minister David Cameron and refused to allow the United Kingdom to participate in any war action against the Syria people.

Though not being told to the American people by the Obama regime (or their propaganda mainstream media), this GRU report said, the unraveling of British support for the Obama regimes planned war against Syria came after new reports from the Associated Press News Service revealed that the chemical weapons attack being investigated by the United Nations were, indeed from Saudi Arabia.

The American InfoWars.Com News Service confirmed this Saudi connection to chemical weapons being used in Syria, and as we can, in part, read:

“Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.

“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes Gavlak.

Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra.

“We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” one militant named ‘J’ told Gavlak.

His claims are echoed by another female fighter named ‘K’, who told Gavlak, “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of an opposition rebel, also told Gavlak, “My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” describing them as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.” The father names the Saudi militant who provided the weapons as Abu Ayesha.

According to Abdel-Moneim, the weapons exploded inside a tunnel, killing 12 rebels. “More than a dozen rebels interviewed reported that their salaries came from the Saudi government.”

Important to note, and as we had previously reported, Putin’s extraordinary “war order” against Saudi Arabia came after he became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympics scheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”

Putin replied to Prince Bandar by saying “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters” [Putin said referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier HERE], and which Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.

In spite of the truth of Saudi Arabia and their terrorist allies being responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria, this GRU report concluded, the Obama regime continues on its path to war against the Syrian people in spite of it being illegal under both United States and International law.

Where illegal wars matter most to the Americans, however, and as we have seen too many tragic times in the past, is when oil and gas are involved. And in this case, the Obama regime, along with its Saudi Arabian and Persian Gulf puppet state allies (some of the most repressed nations on Earth), are prepared at all costs to prevent the proposed Iran-Iraq-Syrian gas pipeline from being completed…which is, in its starkest truth, what this conflict is really all about in the first place.
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Looks as if only a single match is needed to start the fire. I don't doubt Prince Bandar delivered a threat, but I believe FM Zippy Livni also delivered one a month ago. The real tell though might be the fact Obama was advised not to meet with Putin. Putin/Obama shaking hands and smiling could only come back in a bad way ala Chamberlain or the Kerry/Assad dinner party.
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Looks as if only a single match is needed to start the fire. I don't doubt Prince Bandar delivered a threat, but I believe FM Zippy Livni also delivered one a month ago. The real tell though might be the fact Obama was advised not to meet with Putin. Putin/Obama shaking hands and smiling could only come back in a bad way ala Chamberlain or the Kerry/Assad dinner party.

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Looks as if only a single match is needed to start the fire. I don't doubt Prince Bandar delivered a threat, but I believe FM Zippy Livni also delivered one a month ago. The real tell though might be the fact Obama was advised not to meet with Putin. Putin/Obama shaking hands and smiling could only come back in a bad way ala Chamberlain or the Kerry/Assad dinner party.

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Still on schedule for the High Hymie Holidays.

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Yom Kippur 2013 begins in the evening of
Friday, September 13
and ends in the evening of
Saturday, September 14


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Kippur

The article is kinda long, but I guess the point is they have to bomb Syria before September 13th so they can atone for their sins.
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Good to see/read you again laconas, I trust all is well.

Good to see you too. Fine, hope everything is well with you.
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Ja, what ever happened to that Palestinian-Israeli peace process?
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Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.

I am sure that Putin would be annoyed, rather than threatened, by threats. Especially from such a disreputable bunch as the Saudis.

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Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.

I am sure that Putin would be annoyed, rather than threatened, by threats. Especially from such a disreputable bunch as the Saudis.

Call me a cynic but I don't buy any jew fairy tale put out there. It's possible that the events happened as reported on the net, but more than likely he was more annoyed when he met with Israeli FM minister Zippy Livni 2 weeks earlier.
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Saudis protest government’s discriminatory behavior
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2013, 09:11:04 AM »
Saudis protest government’s discriminatory behavior

Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:54PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/28/326560/saudis-protest-govt-discrimination/


Anti-regime protest held against the arrest of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif region (file photo)
 
Protesters have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province to condemn what they call the government’s discriminatory behavior.

The demonstration took place in the Qatif region, situated about 418 kilometers (259 miles) east of the capital, Riyadh.

The protesters also called on the al-Saud regime to respect citizens in the kingdom.

Qatif has been the scene of numerous anti-government protests since February 2011. Demonstrations have also taken place in other regions across Saudi Arabia including the capital, Riyadh.

Protesters primarily called for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.

Al Saud rulers have been also the target of the protests, especially after security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province in November 2011.

Regime forces have frequently raided the houses of the anti-regime activists in Qatif region to arrest those responsible for organizing demonstrations.

Amnesty International has called on the Saudi authorities to “end their repeated moves to stifle people’s attempts to protest against the widespread use of arbitrary detention in the country,” and to respect the right of people to peaceful protest.

In Saudi Arabia, protests and political gatherings of any kind are prohibited. Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in the country.
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US to sell 'bunker-buster' bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2013, 04:28:31 PM »
US to sell 'bunker-buster' bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:14AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/10/18/329930/us-to-sell-bombs-to-saudi-arabia-uae/


A US Air Force F-16 fighter jet

The US Department of Defense has announced Pentagon’s plan for selling missiles and "bunker-buster" bombs to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in two separate deals worth $11.8 billion.

The Pentagon said on Thursday that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of both proposed contracts this week, UPI reported.

"This proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia's capability to meet current and future regional threats," according to the agency.

"These munitions will strengthen the effectiveness and interoperability of the air force of a potential coalition partner, enhancing the coalition operation," it said.

According to the deal, Saudi Arabia will buy a thousand bunker-buster GBU-39 bombs and the UAE will buy 5,000 GBU-39/B small diameter bombs (SDB) with BRU-61 carriage systems.

Saudi Arabia is due to receive $6.8 billion in arms and the UAE an estimated value of $5 billion.

Air-launched cruise missiles, hundreds of Standoff Land Attack missiles, or SLAM-ERs, and Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW) are also included in the deal. The weapons are designed for use by US-made F-15 and F-16 fighter jets previously purchased by both countries.

With Congress agreement to the US foreign military sale to the Persian Gulf states, principle contractors would be Boeing and Raytheon.

In August, the Cluster Munition Coalition denounced the United States for planning to supply cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

“We are disappointed with the US decision to export cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia as both countries acknowledge the negative humanitarian impact of these weapons on civilians,” CMC Director Sarah Blakemore said.

“Cluster munitions have been banned by more than half the world’s nations so any transfer goes against the international rejection of these weapons,” she added.

The United States and its Middle Eastern ally have refused to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits the production, transfer, use, and stockpiling of cluster munitions.

Saudi Arabia and the US are amongst the twelve countries that have used cluster munitions in the past (US in multiple locations; Saudi Arabia against Iraq in 1991).

RW - '...to meet current and future regional threats'. Like Russia's threat to attack Saudi Arabia if they attack Syria. Jets and missiles and bunker buster bombs - the usual array of 'defensive' weapons to meet the regional threat of... of who exactly?
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- US to sell 'bunker-buster' bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2013, 07:04:32 PM »
This is simply part of the overall deal, and I guess it is good if your for one of the companies building the bombs, because you may gain some overtime.

However, the Wahabist/Zionist Saudis will not be busting anyone's 'bunkers' under the current global plan.

Consider this like an ATM 'transaction' fee for the House of Saudstein.

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- Saudis protest government’s discriminatory behavior
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2013, 03:10:53 AM »
Saudi Security Forces Arrest Several Women, Kids

Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:21
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920804000588



TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi security forces arrested a number of women and children in the central province of Qassim.

According to reports on Friday, the arrests have been made in the provincial capital Buraidah since protests started there on October 19, press tv reported.

The protests were sparked by Saudi authorities’ refusal to allow the families of political prisoners to visit their loved ones on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

At least eight women and 20 children, including a two-year-old and a five-month-old baby, were arrested.

Although some of the prisoners were released later, reports said that at least 13 children under the age of 14 remain in custody.

Local activists said they were organizing a march to the residence of Qassim’s governor, Prince Faisal bin Bandar al-Saud.

Anti-government protests have intensified since November 2011, when security forces opened fire on protesters in Qatif in Eastern Province, killing five people and leaving scores more injured.

Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, rights group Amnesty International censured Saudi authorities for not addressing the "dire human rights situation" in the kingdom.

The group also handed in a paper to the United Nations, which included information regarding a "new wave of repression against civil society, which has taken place over the last two years".
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Saudi forces clash with foreign workers
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2013, 06:10:37 PM »
Saudi forces clash with foreign workers

Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:58AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/10/333901/saudi-forces-clash-with-foreign-workers/



Saudi security forces have clashed with foreign workers protesting against a new labor law in the country.

The clashes broke out in the poor Manfuhah neighborhood of southern Riyadh on Saturday, one week into the government’s visa crackdown on foreign laborers.

The security forces in riot gear dispersed large crowds by firing into the air and using batons.

Scores of people were running through streets and some reportedly threw stones at the forces.

Without directly referring to the protests, a police statement released by a state media said in the light of "what has happened," a location has been assigned for those who surrender voluntarily.

On Wednesday, an Ethiopian was killed during the crackdown, prompting the Ethiopian government to announce efforts underway to return its citizens.

"The ones who failed are the ones who are being repatriated," said the spokesman for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry Dina Mufti on Saturday.

On Monday, a seven-month amnesty for expatriate workers to rectify their visa status without penalty or leave the country expired.

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave the country during the time.

Many of the foreign workers say they could not use the amnesty due to bureaucratic difficulties or disputes with their original sponsors.

Thirty Filipino workers, who returned to the capital Manila on Monday, revealed details of their ordeal during their stay in Saudi Arabia.

“They treated us like animals,” said 46-year-old domestic helper Amor Roxas.

Expatriates account for around nine million of Saudi Arabia’s population of 28 million.
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