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Saudi Arabia has banned all protests and marches, state television on Saturday cited the Interior Ministry as saying after Saudi minority Shi'ites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province.
Oil surges to near $120, then eases on Saudi assurance
– Thu Feb 24, 3:10 pm ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil surged to 2-1/2-year highs near $120 a barrel on Thursday as the revolt in Libya choked exports, then eased as Saudi Arabia assured European refiners the kingdom could step in to fill any supply shortfalls.
POSTED: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Amid unrest, Saudis vow to boost oil production
By NEELA BANERJEE - Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Crude oil prices pulled back from highs not seen since 2008 as leaders from Saudi Arabia to the White House offered fresh assurances that the world wouldn't run short of oil despite violence in the Mideast and North Africa.
Oil futures hit $103 a barrel in New York trading Thursday but ended the day at $97.28, down 82 cents. In Europe, oil also fell in electronic trading after nearing $120 a barrel.
Petroleum prices had surged on fears that political unrest in Libya, Egypt and other countries could reduce global supplies - pushing fuel costs higher and throwing the fledgling global economic recovery into reverse.
But energy traders were calmed Thursday by news that Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter and OPEC's de facto leader, was in talks with European refiners to fill the gap caused by the disruption in Libya, which pumps about 2 percent of world oil consumption.
This was swept under the rug while the fans on Libya were flamed. How many people even saw these news articles? Not imagining many did, based on the hysteria.
A group of Saudi youths has called for a “Saudi Revolution” on March 20, using Facebook, to demand democratic and political reform in the monarchy.
The Facebook group, which has over 17,000 members, also called for a “Day of Rage” to be held on March 11, DPA reported.
Activists now allege that state security forces have shot dead online activist Faisal Ahmed Abdul-Ahadwas, 27, the main administrator of the Facebook group calling for the coordinated protests.
They say the body of Abdul-Ahadwas has been confiscated by authorities to "hide evidence of the crime," and that he was killed because of "his commitment to a better future for his country," DPA stated.
The following is the rough transcription of political analyst Mohamed al-Massari's comments made to Press TV on March 5.
Al-Massari: Yesterday in [the city of al-]Qatif and so on, they cracked down [on protests]. They detained twenty persons. They made a stupid mistake by attacking women and so on because they think Shia women do not have correct private protection and the honor protection like the rest of the women in the country. But attacking women in Saudi Arabia, in an Arabian Islamic society is very severe, very negative very catastrophic. It was limited but this will have bad repercussions.
The hope is that on the 11th of March, that will have thousands instead of hundreds. That's big enough. We don't expect a hundred thousand at this stage. If that's a hundred that's no problem. And the regime will have to recalculate, if they use force there would be counterforce...
We still have people who are willing to defend their honor with arms. I know a friend of mine from the north who was checked by the police. He refused that and used his machine gun. He got killed. He got murdered but he did not accept that police check his car and check his woman. He refused that.
This threat against dignity and dignity of women is still there. So they have to stop there. And that will mount against them until they collapse Inshallah (God Willing).
Wouldn't it be nice if the Saudis stir some sh%t back to Iran? Iran's illegitimate regime, being Shias had always hated the more moderate Sunnis the Saudis are.
Originally posted by xavi1000
Saudis mobilise troops to quell revolt
And this guy is getting ready