Saudi Protesters Condemn Activist's Arrest
|March 28, 2012|
Online activists have posted a video with rare footage of protesters in Awamia, Saudi Arabia, condemning the arrest of Saudi activist Mohamed Al-Zanadi. The video shows male protesters chanting for the death of Saudi Prince Nayef and has already received thousands of views on YouTube.
Al-Zanadi, known as “Number 17” on the Saudi Ministry of Interior Affairs list of wanted activists, attracted attention when he posted several online videos urging Saudis to protest and demand their rights. During his arrest on March 22, 2012, Al-Zanadi was shot several times by security forces and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Before the arrest, the Saudi government had accused him of opening fire on a police patrol, charges that Al-Zanadi and his supporters vehemently denied.
The protest movement in Saudi Arabia has steadily gained momentum, particularly in the Eastern Province. Online activists have played a critical role in documenting and publicizing these demonstrations, which have been largely ignored by mainstream Arabic media outlets.