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Shia Activist Arrested In Saudi Arabia

Saudi-police-confronting-protesters-in-the-town-of-Awamiyah1Saudi security forces have detained a social activist as part of their campaign to silence anti-regime protests in the country’s Eastern Province.
Zaher al-Zaher was arrested on Monday in the eastern town of Awamiyah.
The arrest happened a day after thousands of Saudi protesters held a demonstration against the ruling Al Saud regime in the Qatif region of the Eastern

Province.
On Friday, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Saudi Shia cleric, warned the kingdom against the brutal crackdown on protesters in Eastern Province and called on the Al Saud regime to stop the bloodshed.
Since February 2011, Saudi protesters have been holding demonstrations on an almost regular basis in the province, demanding the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination in the country.
However, the demonstrations have turned into protest rallies against the Al Saud regime, since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in Eastern Province.
The Saudi interior ministry issued a statement on March 5, 2011, prohibiting “all forms of demonstrations, marches or protests, and calls for them, because that contradicts the principles of the Islamic Sharia, the values and traditions of Saudi society, and results in disturbing public order and harming public and private interests.”
Saudi Arabia is a state party to the Arab Charter on Human Rights. Article 24 of the charter states that “every citizen has the right… to freely pursue a political activity [and] to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.”

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