Monday, March 31, 2014

Arrests in Saudi Arabia

"Saudi authorities have arrested three citizens who posted YouTube videos urging the oil-rich kingdom to improve their living standards and criticising "corruption", activists said on Sunday.

In one video seen by AFP, a young man identifying himself as Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Dosari addressed King Abdullah saying he has to survive on a low income, and does not own a house or a car. "Give us our money... we do not want to beg... You and your children are playing with this money," he said about Saudi's oil wealth in the 30-second video during which he held up his identification card.

In a third video, a man calling himself Saud al-Harbi said many of his compatriots are in need of "housing" and a "decent life". "Please listen to us. We want housing, we want a decent life," he said, apparently addressing Saudi authorities. And he added: "Do not force people to take to the streets."" (thanks Basim)