12/11/2011

Human Rights Official: Saudi Arabia to Experience Massive Protests Soon


TEHRAN (FNA)- The waves of Islamic Awakening will soon land on the coasts of Saudi Arabia, Head of Iran's Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani said, predicting that the Arab state will soon start experiencing awaking moves similar to the recent popular uprisings in the other regional countries.
 


Addressing a group of Iranian students in Tehran on Sunday, Larijani pointed to the analyses presented about the growing protests in Saudi Arabia, and stated, "American experts believe that the (main) wave of awakening will break out in Saudi Arabia in the next two years."
He lashed out at Riyadh's military intervention in Bahrain and Yemen, and added that Saudi Arabia has made a big mistake in its policies since it cannot control the ongoing revolutions in its two Arab neighbors.
Analysts believe that Riyadh's meddling in both countries is part of a broader effort to prevent the spread of popular protests to Saudi Arabia.
Eastern Saudi Arabia has been the scene of protests in the last few months. On Friday thousands of Saudis rallied in the Eastern city of Awamiyah to protest against the policies of the Al Saud ruling family.
Witnesses said Saudi protesters took to the streets in Awamiyah to express their anger with the government troops killing anti-regime protesters in the Eastern province.
Saudi activists have named this week's march "Loyalty to the Martyrs".
Saudi troops have killed several protesters during anti-government demonstrations in the province over the past weeks. This has sparked protest rallies in several cities, including Awamiyah and Qatif, a Tehran Times report said.
Tensions have been high in the province after Riyadh decided to increase its troop presence in the region in a bid to quash anti-government protest there.
Saudi Arabia's East has been the scene of anti-government protests over the past months with demonstrators demanding human rights reform, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners.
Human Rights Watch says more than 160 dissidents have been arrested since February as part of the Saudi government's crackdown on anti-government protesters. The rights group called on Saudi authorities in October to stop ''arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters, relatives of wanted persons, and human rights activists'' in Eastern Province.
According to the Saudi-based Human Rights First Society (HRFS), the detainees suffered both physical and mental torture.
The arrests in Saudi Arabia have been carried out despite the fact that the kingdom is a party to the Arab Charter on Human Rights. Article 14 of the charter prohibits arbitrary detention.