Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Ghanaian President Mahama concedes defeat to opposition leader Afuko-Addo

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's TV Career Continues

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

President Park Impeached, Ghana's High Stakes Election (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Aleppo Offensive, Renzi Resigns, Trump's Cards (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

South Korea: An inside look at the K-pop wave

Read more

#THE 51%

Diving back in: Offering support for French mothers returning to work

Read more

REPORTERS

Chaotic post-hurricane relief efforts in Haiti

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Cash crunch casualties: India's wedding industry suffers from currency changes

Read more

FOCUS

Ivory Coast faces uphill battle against counterfeit medicine

Read more

Middle east

Cyber activists call for 'Day of Anger' to protest arrest of Shiite cleric

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-04

Cyber activists on Facebook are organising a "Day of Anger" Friday in the majority Shiite region of eastern Saudi Arabia. They are demanding the release of a Shiite cleric arrested after calling for a "constitutional monarchy".

AFP - Cyber activists have created a group on Facebook calling for a "Day of Anger" on Friday in the eastern Shiite-majority Saudi region, following the arrest of a Shiite cleric.
              
The group of more than 500 members is calling for protests after Friday prayers in Al-Hufuf, in Eastern Province's Al-Ihsaa governorate, to demand the release of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer.
              
Amer was arrested after calling for a "constitutional monarchy" in the Sunni-dominated kingdom, according to the Rasid website, which specialises in Shiite Saudi news.
              
It said that Amer has been held several times in the ultra-conservative absolute monarchy over his calls "for giving Shiites further freedom to exercise their religious rights."
              
The Shiites, who are mainly concentrated in the oil-rich Eastern Province, and make up about 10 percent of the Saudi population as a whole, complain of marginalisation in the kingdom.
              
The Eastern Province has common borders with Shiite-majority Bahrain, where protests, also organised via social networking site Facebook, against the ruling Sunni dynasty have raged since February 14 demanding reforms.
 

Date created : 2011-03-03

  • SAUDI ARABIA

    King Abdullah attempts to avoid unrest with $35 billion in benefits for citizens

    Read more

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali

    Read more

  • USA

    US announces huge arms sale to Saudi Arabia

    Read more

COMMENT(S)