Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Protests in solidarity with political prisoners repressed by the Saudi regime: dozens arrested

From Al Jazeera:

Dozens of Saudis 'detained' after jail rally

Activists report up to 60 arrests after illegal protest near prison where demonstrators' relatives are held.

Security forces in Saudi Arabia have detained dozens of men who had staged a protest near a prison in central Saudi Arabia to press for the release of relatives, demonstrators told the Reuters news agency.

The arrests were made on Monday after more than 100 people, including women and children, had staged a one-day protest in the desert around Tarfiya prison in central Qassim province.

Demonstrators said they had been confined by police without food or water for nearly a day.

It was a rare demonstration in the world's biggest oil exporter, where protests are banned. The demonstration began on Sunday, which was the country's national day.

In a separate gathering in Riyadh on Monday, dozens of protesters rallied in front of the government-linked Saudi Human Rights Commission also calling for the release of jailed relatives.

"There are some prisoners who have been tortured, some who have completed their sentences, others who have not been charged and even some who have been found innocent but are still imprisoned," said one protester. "We will stay here until we are heard."

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