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Recent demonstrations and violence in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province that left four people dead and nine others wounded raise the question: Is Saudi Arabia the next country that will encounter the wave of popular unrest sweeping the Arab world?
Already the Arab uprisings’ effects have been felt in Saudi Arabia. In February and March, soon after Mubarak’s overthrow in Egypt, Saudi Facebook activists began calling for a revolution and declared a “Day of Rage” for March 11, emulating the youth activists in Egypt and Tunisia. However, the “Day of Rage” fizzled out, and demonstrations were held only in the Eastern Province, home to Saudi’s restive Shia minority.
Since then, things have been relatively quiet, at least until recently. One reason is that unlike Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, which are technically republics, Saudi Arabia is a monarchy run by the Al Saud family. So far, the Arab monarchies have been better suited to absorb discontent.
Saudi Arabian demonstrators have taken to the streets in oil-rich Eastern Province to condemn the killing of five protesters two weeks ago, witnesses say.
Protesters on Monday held placards bearing the pictures of those killed by Saudi forces in the city of Qatif.
Demonstrators also took to the streets in nearby towns and villages including Awamiyah, shouting slogans against the ruling Al Saud family.
Very brave indeed Dec 5, 2011 6:25 PM Not only are the Al Sauds uneducated savages, they take their orders directly from CIA and Britain. They won't think twice about shooting their own people and mass murdering them for protesting - kind of like what U.S is doing to Occupy protesters only much much worse as there is even more control over media reporting on these events so there is no concern about brutality being reported by the controled media