11 Mar '11, 10am

Saudi braces for protests amid sweeping Arab unrest

Saudi braces for protests amid sweeping Arab unrest

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday braced for protests calling for political and economic reforms a day after police shot and wounded three protesters in the eastern province. Online activists using the Facebook and Twitter have called for a "Day of Rage" and a "Saudi March 11 revolution" demanding fully elected parliament and ruler in the Islamic conservative monarchy where the Shura (consultative) Council is fully appointed. Security was strongly beefed up in the capital Riyadh in the early hours of Friday. Dozens of police cars filled the strategic Olaya commercial centre in the Riyadh, which was hit by a blinding dust storm overnight, where the protesters are supposed to congregate. Police patrols stood guard on the sides of the main roads of King Fahad and Olaya main street where security forces set up a checkpoint and were checking the identities of motorists. The activi...

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