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Hundreds Saudi Shia Protesters Demand Freedom for “Forgotten” Prisoners and Reform in Qatif

99671Hundreds of Shia protesters poured into the streets, demanded the King Abdullah for freedom and release of political prisoners in Qatif (Eastern province of Saudi Arabia) on Wednesday night.a town in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Hundreds of Shia peaceful protesters poured into the streets, demanded the King Abdullah for freedom and release of nine “forgotten” detainees suspected of involvement in attacks against a US military installation in Khobar in 1996, which killed 19.

Saudi Wahhabi authorities detained the nine who have never been charged or tried during their more than 16 years in detention.

According to eyewitnesses, more than 700 young men marched peacefully on the King Abdul Aziz Street in the heart of the city before it turns around internal streets in the neighborhood.The Wednesday protests came despite a warning last week by senior Wahhabi clerics in the kingdom who censured opposition demonstrations as “un-Islamic.”Demonstrators raised slogans during the march and called unity between Sunnis and Shiites.

Meanwhile police patrols came to the the streets without having intervene to disperse the march, which ended quietly after about two hour from its inception.

A group of Saudi youths has posted a message on Facebook, calling for a “Saudi Revolution” on March 11 and 20 to demand democratic and political reform in the monarchy.The Facebook group has also called for a “Day of Rage” rally on March 11. Tens of thousands of Saudis have already joined the drive.

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