nti-government protesters have taken to the streets in eastern Saudi Arabia, calling for democratic changes in the Persian Gulf kingdom, Press TV reports.
The Thursday protest rally was held in the town of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.
Over the past months, Saudi activists in the Eastern Province have staged several anti-government protests, demanding reforms and the immediate release of political prisoners.
Awamiyah has recently been under siege by Saudi security forces.
Human Rights Watch says more than 160 anti-government protesters have been arrested since February as part of the government’s crackdown on demonstrations in Saudi Arabia.
According to the Saudi-based Human Rights First Society, the detainees have been subject to both physical and mental torture.