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Repressive regime of Al Saud relies on torture, abuse: Mideast expert

shikh nemarThe repressive regime of Al Saud has always relied on torture, abuse and a heavy-handed approach toward popular demands for democratic reforms, a political analyst tells
There is nothing new about the actions of the regime. It has always relied heavily on torture and abuse and also using a heavy-handed approach against those who demand change and ask for their basic human rights,” said Zayd al-Isa, Middle East expert from London, in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.

“The regime is obviously encouraged by the total and complete silence of the so-called civilized world led by America and by the US administration headed by (President Barack) Obama,” Isa added.

He made the comments on the day when the family members of prominent detained Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr said he had been badly tortured in jail.

The cleric was attacked, injured and arrested by the security forces of the Al Saud regime while driving from a farm to his house in the Qatif region of Eastern Province on July 8.

His family visited him on Sunday for the second time since his arrest.

His sister said the detained cleric had turned weaker due to a hunger strike he started on July 19 and that signs of torture were seen on his head.

Isa also pointed to the arrest of Sheikh Nemr, saying, “What has happened to their sheikh is a beastly nasty crime against an innocent person who has in a very civilized and peaceful way demanded political change and democratic reform.”

“That is what he asked for on behalf of his people who have been persecuted and been subjected to intolerable discrimination and unbearable abuse.”

On July 13, Saudi security forces in the town of Awamiyah killed an 18-year-old protester during a demonstration held near a police station in support of Sheikh Nemr.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and the town of 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 Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in Eastern Province.


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