Saudi youth call for Revolution Day demos on Friday

April 20, 2011

TEHRAN - The Free Youth Movement of Saudi Arabia has called on all Muslims throughout the world to hold demonstrations on Friday for Revolution Day in support of reform in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, which was published on the Internet on Tuesday, the movement called on Saudis to take to the streets of Riyadh this Friday, which they named Revolution Day, the Fars News Agency reported.
They also asked Muslims in the rest of the world to gather in front of Saudi Arabian embassies in their countries on Friday to call for the release of all political prisoners in Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday, hundreds of Shia Muslims staged a demonstration in the oil-rich eastern region of Saudi Arabia for a second straight day, demanding political reforms, religious freedoms, the release of prisoners detained without trial, and an end to the kingdom’s policy of arbitrary arrests.
Nine Shias have been imprisoned since 1996 without trial and hundreds more have been arrested over the past few weeks during a government crackdown.
Some protesters also called for the withdrawal of Saudi-led troops from Bahrain, which were dispatched to quell the Shia uprising in the country.
The protests are in direct violation of the Saudi government’s official ban on public demonstrations.