Friday, March 09, 2012

Amnesty calls on Saudi Arabia to free six held for planned demo...

Saudi Arabia must "release immediately and unconditionally six Saudis" held for nearly a year in connection with a protest that only one of them attended, Amnesty International said on Friday.

The London-based rights group said five of the men were being held without trial in connection with Saudi Arabia's "Day of Rage" protest which was planned for March 11, 2011.

Khaled al-Johani was thought to be the sole protester on the day, while four other men were detained on the same day and a sixth man was arrested a week earlier, Amnesty said.

The planned protest, which was called by activists in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring, demanding political reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom, ultimately did not take place due to the heavy deployment of security forces. Full story...

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