Monday, March 7, 2011

Saudi Arabia imposes ban on all protests

Protesters hold a a poster of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah during a gathering to show solidarity for Libyan protesters in Tehran, Iran (image from 24 February 2011)All protests and marches are to be banned in Saudi Arabia, the interior ministry has announced on state TV.

Its statement said security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order.

The announcement follows a series of protests by the kingdom's Shia minority in the oil-producing eastern province.

Last month, King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits in an apparent bid to protect the kingdom from the revolts spreading throughout many Arab states.

"Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins, as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society," the Saudi interior ministry statement said.

It added that police were "authorised by law to take all measures needed against those who try to break the law". ...

via BBC News - Saudi Arabia imposes ban on all protests.


Cheng said...

I'm no expert on Islam or Sharia law. Could someone please enlighten me as to where in the Qur'an I might find the above references to demonstrations, marches and sit-ins?


kevin said...

They gotta take a page from the American playbook and start by banning prank phone calls!