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Saudis protest crackdown on Bahrainis

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People in Saudi Arabia have taken to the streets to protest against the violent Saudi-backed crackdown on Bahraini anti-government protesters.

Demonstrators in the eastern city of Qatif denounced Riyadh for backing Bahraini forces in destruction of mosques and holy sites, Press TV reported on Friday.

On March 13, Saudi Arabia deployed military forces in Bahrain upon Manama’s request to quell the nationwide protests.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the Saudi-backed clampdown in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain.

Saudi women have also held a candle-light vigil in Awamiyah in solidarity with the Bahraini people, shouting slogans against Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The protests came after Riyadh arrested up to 30 activists over the past two days for allegedly taking part in rallies held in Qatif.

More than 100 protesters had been in jail for several weeks after they were arrested at the start of the demonstrations in early March.

Qatif and nearby towns witnessed recent demonstrations that support people in Bahrain.

Last week, about a dozen rights organizations and 190 intellectuals from the six-nation [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council states called in a joint statement for the release of prisoners in Saudi Arabia.


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