Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Illegal Demonstrations In "Saudi" Arabia Demand More Freedom

So apparently not all Muslims are upset about American involvement in Iraq ... just the ones who are running repressive regimes.

The Saudi royal family is under pressure to bring democratic reform to the country--especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States and increasing terrorist violence at home. On Monday, the government announced it would hold the kingdom's first-ever elections, a vote to select members of 14 municipal councils.

Saad al-Fagih, Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia's director, said the protesters called on authorities to free reform activists allegedly in Saudi custody.
``It was a totally peaceful sit-in but Saudi police handled it in a very violent manner that it turned into chaos,'' al-Fagih told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from London.

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Nayef had said in comments published by SPA Monday that MIRA's call for protests was ``useless barking'' as protests were illegal in Saudi Arabia.

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