Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Raqqa, Kirkuk, Xi Jinping

Read more

REPORTERS

The Dictator's Games: A rare look inside Turkmenistan

Read more

#TECH 24

Teaching maths with holograms

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Is China exporting its pollution?

Read more

#THE 51%

Are female empowerment adverts actually good for the cause?

Read more

FOCUS

The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

Read more

ENCORE!

Contemporary art takes over the French capital and the countryside

Read more

Middle east

Government bans protests to quell public dissent

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-05

The government announced a ban on all protests and marches Saturday in an effort to stamp-out growing unrest. This follows a series of Shiite-led demonstrations in the east of the country demanding the release of prisoners.

REUTERS - Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it would ban all protests and marches after minority Shi'ites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province.

Security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state television.

The ban follows a series of protets by Saudi Shi'ites in the kingdom's east in the past weeks mainly to demand the release of prisoners they say are long held without trial.

Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite minority mostly live in the east, which holds much of the oil wealth of the world's top crude exporter and is near Bahrain, scene of protests by majority Shi'ites against their Sunni rulers.

Saudi Shi'ites they complain they struggle to get senior government jobs and other benefits like other citizens.

The government of Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy without an elected parliament that usually does not tolerate public dissent, denies these charges.

Last week, King Abdullah returned to Riyadh after a three-month medical absence and unveiled $37 billion in benefits for citizens in an apparent bid to insulate the kingdom from protests spreading in several Arab countries.

 

Date created : 2011-03-05

  • SAUDI ARABIA

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

    Read more

  • SAUDI ARABIA

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

    Read more

COMMENT(S)