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Nearly 200 Shi'ites chanting 'We want freedom!' protested in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on Wednesday, even as the foreign minister warned that the oil-rich nation will take strong action if activists take to the streets.
The gathering in Qatif by members of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority is a smaller version of a planned 'Day of Rage' on Friday to demand the Saudi regime's ouster, inspired by the wave of uprisings in the Arab world.
A Facebook page calling for a 'Saudi Revolution 11 March' in Saudi Arabia has attracted close to 9000 fans. Messages posted on the page calls for protests on March 11 and 20 and urges people to gather in mosques across the country including Mecca and Riyadh. The page calls for the regime's ouster and lists demands including the election of a ruler and members of the advisory assembly known as the Shura Council.
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh advised Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to remain alert of their surroundings, avoid crowds, and unnecessary movement especially during the weekend and up to the end of the month.