The malaise shown in social networks on eve of call is not transferred to street
The police deployment has frustrated this Friday protest convened in Saudi Arabia for activists and exiles coming to Muslim brorhood “against poverty and unemployment”. The unusual call he had had great echo in social networks, despite fact that that country prohibits demonstrations and any type of criticism of ruling royal family. The scheme, that during last week, has been arrested about thirty people, and encouraged to denounce anybody who dares to question your authority on internet, has taken seriously appointment.
"police Patrols surround all and each one of mosques. Not even allow that four or five people to keep a conversation", relating it to THE COUNTRY, an activist in first hour of afternoon. Numerous videos shared on networks show convoys of police cars in different cities of country. The supporters of Government, for its part, celebrated result. "The wit of traitors have failed. Our country enjoys peace and stability", tuiteaba a user that is identified as Saleh al-Fawaz and whose profile seems genuine in midst of numerous suspicious accounts.
In central mosque of Riyadh, organizers had indicated as a potential concentration point, imam warned attendees against protest. “All groups that come out today and call to political action or aspire to govern, y are wrong, are groups deviants led by Muslim brorhood,” said cleric, according to Reuters. The islamist group political-religious poses main challenge to legitimacy of monarchies and arab is at root of confrontation that Saudi Arabia and its allies remain with Qatar.
“The atmosphere is tense. There are agents everywhere. Even entrances of shopping malls are flanked by two patrol cars with ir sirens on”, trust a teacher, a saudi who has dared to give a tour of capital to look around. In his opinion, re are grounds for complaint, but says pressure of security apparatus leaves no loopholes for m to express mselves.
The saudi regime considers illegal any type of demonstrations. He recalled great mufti, sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah al Sheikh, on eve of call. In an intervention in a popular television programme said that it is forbidden to protest against ruler. Your message mentioned directly appointment today and branded those who support m “advocates of sedition”, a crime punishable with capital punishment. Hence, mere challenge raised interest of observers, especially at a time when royal family is to introduce changes in management of country.
“we Want freedom of expression from an islamic perspective, release of political prisoners and create jobs instead of giving to 110,000 million dollars to Trump to protect throne of Al-Saud”, he explained in advance to THE COUNTRY, an activist of Movement, September 15, in reference to contract of weapons that president of united. UU., Donald Trump, signed during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh denies having political prisoners, although ir spokesmen defended need for surveillance of activists to maintain stability.
The peer, a professional, middle-aged, to which this paper came across one of opponents exiled from London has promoted protest, claimed to be found in Riyadh. Given that connection is made via VPN (virtual network), it was impossible to verify its location. However, his speech is consistent with complaints from several weeks ago are repeated in social networks under hashtag #حراك_١٥_سبتمبر (#Movimiento_15_Septiembre).
“The name has no special significance. It is just date chosen for convocation,” he said. Although he admits that with support of opposition outside country, especially in London, says that idea of a protest on street came from activists from within “on social networks, especially Twitter”. In absence of or forums where y can express mselves with freedom, internet has become public square arabia, with a rate of penetration and activity among highest in world.
The precedents were not encouraging. When in march 2011, in wake of arab spring, called for a similar action, only one protester dared to complain to a handful of journalists and an impressive police deployment. The man was arrested, tried by an anti-terrorism court and was not released until July of following year. Since n, re have been protests very localized in Eastern Province, where shia minority of country complains of marginalization and demands for equal rights.
“Even those who have made call you know that how difficult it is for people to be manifested in Saudi Arabia, but it is a message to Government, a sign of discontent”, he pointed out to THE COUNTRY Ali Adubisi, director of Organization for European-Saudi for Human Rights. In your opinion, what is most serious is that “re is no will to respond with reforms, nor mentality of respect for human rights”.
Even so, authorities have not run risks. In last week, about thirty intellectuals, journalists, clerics and critics have been detained, according to human rights activists, although re has not been an official announcement about it. Among detainees, highlights popular cleric islamist Salman al-Awdah, but ors are liberal or lack of links with known opposition. The only thing that seems to bring se people toger is ir large number of followers in social networks and may not have been aligned without gaps against Qatar, Saudi Arabia tries to isolate since last June.