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Saudis rally to demand release of a political prisoner

easternSaudi anti-regime protesters have once again taken to the street in the oil-rich Eastern Province, calling for the immediate release of a poet.

During the rally on Saturday, demonstrators in Qatif demanded the immediate release of Adel al- Labad, who was arrested two days ago after reciting a poem against the kingdom’s rulers.

In his poem, al-Labad called on the Al Saud family to continue practicing injustice against people because they will soon pay dearly for their actions.

Protesters also demanded the release of all political activists held in Saudi jails without trial.
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, as well as 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 the province.

Saudi police make random arrests of people who allegedly look suspicious. The detainees are often held behind bars for years without any indictment.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Saudi regime ”routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

The oil-rich Eastern Province has been the focal point of the anti-regime protests in Saudi Arabia.


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