Saudi Arabia not to allow any demonstration on her soil

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:31

Dubai: As mass uprisings erupts in its
neighbourhood, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that it will not
allow any demonstrations in the kingdom and ordered its
security forces to clamp down on any dissent.

The kingdom banned all demonstrations saying they
contradicted Islamic laws and society values, according to a
statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

The new clampdown came a day after about 100 members
of the Shia minority staged a protest in the western region of
the kingdom.
"Security forces are authorised to act against anyone
violating the ban," the statement said.

The restrictions come as a group of influential
intellectuals urged King Abdullah to adopt far reaching
political and social reforms.

They said the country`s rulers should take a lesson
from the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and listen to
the voice of disillusioned young people.

The group included renowned Islamic scholars, a poet
and a former diplomat.

Like Egypt and Tunisia, social networking site
Facebook has a page calling for a "March 11 revolution` in
Saudi Arabia.

The message posted on Facebook calls for ousting of
"regime of al-Saud clan".
Meanwhile, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) has backed the call to the UN to enforce a no-fly zone
over Libya.

An emergency meeting of the 57 member OIC said "we
join our voice in the voices asking for no-fly zone over Libya
and we call on the Security Council to do its duty in this
regard."

The statement was issued by secretary general of OIC
Ikmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 21:31

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