Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Will the Saudi protests turn into a Bloody Revolution




What would happen if Saudi protests turn into a Bloody Revolution, and what would the West do, what would Obama and his mates do then?”

A little under the nose of the news radar and being generally ignored by the world's media, these protests may have some significance to where the Arab Spring is off to next; the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both nonviolent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010 and a date that will always be associated with both Tunisia and Egypt, the first to witness major uprisings.

Now at this moment of writing, as I say, the Saudi protests are not on the front page of the worlds newspapers - yet. But what we are looking at in Saudi Arabia is a simmering revolution that seems to be going on of and on again now throughout the years?  The Al-Saud family, the rulers of the country, and can you believe it an Arabic dynastic ruling class that has thousands of members who at the present time are feuding, a family Civil War with one prince having defected (where to and to whose side I don’t know) because he is concerned about, and blaming the family of its brutality and its policies, the  discrimination policy against the Saudi people and especially the sectarian discrimination, because as we know there is no other religion existing or allowed to practice in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has stepped up arrests and trials of peaceful dissidents, and responded with force to demonstrations by citizens. Authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls and 9 million foreign workers.Thousands of people have received unfair trials or been subject to arbitrary detention, and public and other executions continue. Human rights defenders and others regularly face trial for peaceful expression or assembly, or for demanding political and human rights reforms.         

Just to give an example of this human rights abuse look no further than the liberal activist found guilty of violating Saudi Arabia’s anti-cybercrime law and sentenced to 600 lashes and seven years in prison. The Criminal Court found Raif Badawi, the founder of the Free Saudi Liberals website, guilty of insulting Islam through his website and in comments he made on television, and had added an additional three months to his 7 year prison term for “parental disobedience.”  

Without question, the Syrian civil war has helped fuel the sectarian tensions, unfortunate as it is but flowing through the region. The Syrian conflict initially pitted an army and government dominated by Syria's Alawite minority (an offshoot of Shiite Islam) against a popular protest movement. President Bashar Assad and his cronies exacerbated the sectarian divide by demonizing pro-democracy activists as extremists and jihadists. Now their bogeyman is becoming real. The uprising has morphed into an armed rebellion increasingly co-opted and dominated by armed Sunni Islamist groups, including foreign fighters, some with overtly sectarian agendas.

Powerful regional players are aligning themselves in Syria along sectarian lines. Iran, Hezbollah and Iraq support Assad, while a coalition of Sunni states led by Saudi Arabia backs the rebels. The Syrian conflict has become the latest killing grounds in the long-running regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As political differences are increasingly framed in sectarian terms, there's a danger the blowback will engulf the entire region. Saudi Arabia has been a staunch supporter of the Obama option - makes you wonder doesn't it?”

The monarchy in Saudi Arabia, which has long cultivated a conservative and intolerant strain of Sunni Islam to prop up its political legitimacy, often plays the sectarian card to suppress its own Shiites, to deflect demands for democracy and human rights and to bolster its regional influence.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations as a validation of real growing  contempt for their rulers on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination. Al Saud rulers have also been the target of the protests, especially after security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province in November 2011.

Amnesty International has called on the Saudi authorities to “end their repeated moves to stifle people’s attempts to protest against the widespread use of arbitrary detention in the country,” and to respect the right of people to peaceful protest.

And now the latest great disturbance and turmoil comes as thousands of people attended the funeral of a young man killed in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Awamiya during a crackdown on dissidents by regime forces.
Protesters chanted slogans against Saudi rulers during the funeral ceremony, and demanded that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice.

I don’t make predictions or do anything like that, but I think Saudi Arabia is a country in for a massive upheaval, even a Bloody Revolution; certainly I’m going to keep my eye on it.  

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