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Thousands of Protesters Expected to Hit Streets Tomorrow
Source: Middle East Online | 10:51:15 AM
Tomorrow is a big day folks. MIRA is expecting upwards of tens of thousands of protesters to hit the streets demonstrating that they would like a
regime change. We are not the only analysts that see tomorrow as a key potential for attacks to arise admist of the ongoing demonstrations. Pay
close attention to TrackingTerrorism tomorrow as we'll have ongoing details regarding the demonstrations.
DUBAI - A Saudi Islamist dissident group has called for demonstrations in Riyadh and the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Thursday in support of a regime
change in the conservative kingdom.
"We are expecting at least tens of thousands of participants, and the mobilisation by the regime of its anti-riot forces, special forces and national
guard," Saad al-Faqih of the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA) said.
Faqih's estimation of "tens of thousands" of protestors, however, appeared unrealistic considering the strict laws of Saudi Arabia, which outlaws
any political demonstration.
But MIRA has succeeded in organising past demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, with several hundred people taking to the streets of several cities on
October 14, 2003 to call for reforms.
The rare protests, held during a human rights conference, the first to be held in the Gulf Arab state, led to more then 150 people being detained in
Riyadh alone, the interior ministry said at the time.
At the end of October 2003, Saudi security forces detained more than 70 people to head off fresh protests called by MIRA.
The exiled group has for the past several days broadcast a lengthy statement on its television channel, "Al-Islah" (Reform), and posted it on its
, calling for protests aimed at a "total change of regime".
The statement paints a bleak picture of the situation in Saudi Arabia, "which holds the largest oil reserves in the world ... but is transformed into
a country heavily in debt."
"The ruling (Al-Saud) family not only rejects reforms, but is not capable of them. The regime has lost its legitimacy and the conditions are ripe to
start a global action aimed at" changing the regime, it said.