Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Civil Rights Sit-In in Saudi Arabia: Update I

The sit-in has been cancelled.  You may remember that ACPRA had called for a sit-in on December 23rd.  Well, yesterday they were called in to the Interior Ministry and told their permit request was not approved.  So they decided to cancel it.  I'm guessing that without approval they were simply too intimidated to go through with the protest.  I don't blame them.  I would be terrified of doing an illegal protest in Saudi Arabia, but that's usually what it takes for anyone to pay attention.  Protesters getting beaten up or imprisoned and tortured, until the rest of the world says "Enough!" and pressures their governments to do something.  But that might not happen since the Kingdom controls a lot of oil and has a lot of influence in the US government.

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