|Saudi Arabian demonstrators defy crackdown||
There have a number of demonstrations in several towns over the past few days, Press TV reported on Sunday.
Demonstrators have condemned the brutal police crackdown and are demanding the release of Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr, who was attacked, injured and arrested on July 8.
On July 13, Saudi security forces in the town of Awamiyah killed an 18-year-old protester during a demonstration held near a police station in support of Sheikh Nemr.
Meanwhile, 10 female protesters were arrested in the city of Buraydah, about 380 kilometers northwest of the capital Riyadh, over the past couple of days.
Since February 2011, protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.
However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the House of Saud, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in Eastern Province.
Similar demonstrations have also been held in Riyadh and the holy city of Medina over the past few weeks.
The Saudi Interior Ministry issued a statement on March 5, 2011, prohibiting “all forms of demonstrations, marches or protests, and calls for them.”
According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”
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