Saudi protesters in Riyadh demand release of prisoners
Saudi activists staged a rally on Saturday to renew a call for the release of people held in prison without charges.
At least five people were reportedly arrested during the demonstration, which came amid tight security despite the monarchy’s strict ban on gatherings.
A similar protest was held by mainly the female relatives of the Saudi detainees in the city of Buraidah, north of Riyadh.
Many of the prisoners in Saudi jails are held without charges or trial for up to 15 years, activists say.
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province.
The demonstrations turned into protests against the Al Saud regime after November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.
In October 2012, Amnesty International called on Saudi authorities to stop using excessive force against the protesters
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