Arab Spring Makes An Autumn Return: Saudi Police Open Fire On Protesting Civilians

Tyler Durden's picture

Today's news that Greek protesters were back and getting occasionally violent caught nobody by surprise. However what may be unexpected is that not only is the Arab Spring back (almost in time for Christmas) but it is in the bastion of "stability", not to menion crude oil, Saudi Arabia. As The Independent reports, "Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say." What? Never heard of this before? Yes, amazing how efficient the media veil is when it has an agenda.


Saudi Arabia last night confirmed there had been fighting in the region and that 11 security personnel and three civilians had been injured in al-Qatif, a large Shia city on the coast of Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province. The opposition say that 24 men and three women were wounded on Monday night and taken to al-Qatif hospital.


The Independent has been given exclusive details of how the protests developed by local activists. They say unrest began on Sunday in al-Awamiyah, a Shia town of about 25,000 people, when Saudi security forces arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up. 


Mr Rayah added that "there have been protests for democracy and civil rights since February, but in the past the police fired into the air. This is the first time they have fired live rounds directly into a crowd." He could not confirm if anybody had been killed.

The biggest loser when this spreads? Why the US of course.

The US, as the main ally of Saudi Arabia, is likely to be alarmed by the spread of pro-democracy protests to the Kingdom and particularly to that part of it which contains the largest oil reserves in the world. The Saudi Shia have been angered at the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain since March, with many protesters jailed, tortured or killed, according Western human rights organisations.


Hamza al-Hassan, an opponent of the Saudi government from Eastern Province living in Britain, predicted that protests would spread to more cities. "I am frightened when I see video film of events because most people in this region have guns brought in over the years from Iraq and Yemen and will use them [against government security men]," he said. He gave a slightly different account of the start of the riots in al-Awamiyah, saying that two elderly men had been arrested by the security forces, one of whom had a heart attack.


"Since September there has been a huge presence of Saudi security forces in al-Qatif and all other Shia centres," he said. Al-Qatif was the scene of similar protests in March, which were swiftly quashed by security forces.

We ask any of our readers who may be in the region (where unfortunately ZH is blocked), to send us video clips of any riots and any and all police intervention whether with or without use of deadly force.

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Careless Whisper's picture

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catacl1sm's picture

Damn... I gotta try one of those Four Loko's on Friday. Or maybe right before my son's soccer game on Saturday, that should make things 'interesting'.

JohnG's picture

That stuff will do some wierd things to your mind.  Think Jack & Jolt.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Think half a six-pack of Colt .45's and a Mad Dog chaser.

bread n circuses's picture

Colt .45 comes in 6-packs?  I thought you could only get pints and tall boys.

IAmNotMark's picture

Eeuuwwww.....That sounds nasty. 

How about a Bass growler and a Glenlivit chaser instead?

Popo's picture

Somehow when a government decides to respond to protesters by... oh y',know... shooting and killing them ... it doesn't really open up much of a debate on who's right and who's wrong.


Dental Floss Tycoon's picture


And since it is the Saudis doing the shooting there won't be any talk of no fly zones.


Guy Fawkes Mulder's picture



The oil-intelligence-military complex wants to "save" the Syrians, of course.

Russia, China veto anti-Syria UN effort:

Blocking of Security Council Resolution on Syria a "Shocking Betrayal," Says Amnesty International:

Libya and Syria: Western-led military operations:

disabledvet's picture

Careless Whisper indeed. Protests as chance to meet girls says one thing: this sucker 'll be going for "as long as it takes."

Dapper Dan's picture


Oct 5, 11:29 AM EDT


IMF official retracts statement on bond purchases

BRUSSELS (AP) -- In a dramatic turnaround, a senior official for the International Monetary Fund is retracting an earlier statement that the IMF could intervene in bond markets to support struggling Italy and Spain.

We changed our mind on changing our minds.

OT; #2

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The fees keep coming. Citi is the latest big bank to slap customers with a round of fee hikes. This time, on its checking accounts.

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How many people have $15,000 in a checking account?

r101958's picture

BAC did this back in early 2009.

SheepDog-One's picture

Four Loko will now see a huge increase in sales now that theyre forced to identify 'this can contains more alcohol than 4 beers'.

catacl1sm's picture

The US Military will protect the Saudi kings.. at least until we have a deal with the new 'regime'.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

The Saudis will have to call their military back from Occupied Qatar.

Powderkeg, bitchez

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

@ Cash, green

I wonder what Arab "democracies" are going to look like?  Will they edge to more "Western" values (you know, the ones we used to have like civility, transparency, rule of law, etc.)?

Or will they move to jihadist extremism, and light that powderkeg?

Cash_is_Trash's picture

It may look like the current military junta in Egypt.

No wonder women were allowed to vote in Saudi not long ago; smells like a concession.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

That is an interesting development, I missed that one, thanks for sharing that.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Black swans are harder to spot wrapped in white Egyptian cotton.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Supposedly Egyptian Cotton is the best in the world.

It's like the 0.995 American Eagles of fabric.

karzai_luver's picture

if they wish to move to mars it is their choice.


Until you and others realize that the us and all the others need to get out of the way and let them pick their poison nothing can work.

Maybe nothing can work anyway, but they have to believe they are making their own choices before there is ever buy in to any type of gvt.





Spastica Rex's picture

Democracy® is a registered trademark of the United States of America. Unauthorized use will result in severe monetary and millitary penalties.

natty light's picture

You mean Bahrain right? 


Qatari troops in Libya also.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

If it gets as far as a new 'regime' then the Saudis must have pissed off the CIA.  I think this is an 'unlicensed' protest.

Protesting without a permit is not allowed in Saudi Arabia.

BigJim's picture

Maybe this time it will be the US and UK vetoing Russian and China-sponsored sanctions on a repressive regime.

PaperBear's picture

“Saudi security forces arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up.”


Cash_is_Trash's picture

most people in this region have guns brought in over the years from Iraq and Yemen and will use them

Suadis are now a national threat to their government.

Cue CIA drone strikes.

john39's picture

its wonderful how the U.S. promotes freedom and justice throughout the world by careful support of allies who share the U.S. commitment to such values....  /s sarc   

in reality, what do you expect from a bunch of zionist controlled puppet states (including the U.S.)?

Cash_is_Trash's picture

I expect the U.S. to purchase Israeli weaponry, including forcing other Western governments to purchase their crap too.

john39's picture

and sell them our equipment below cost....  one big circle jerk that screws the american tax payer, again.   supports a racist illegal state (israel) and fees the military industrial complex... all on the back of the U.S. taxpayer.  what a world.

Abitdodgie's picture

Then stop paying taxes or stop bitching about it.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Irwin Schiff stopped paying taxes and ended up in Terra Haute, Indiana, in some "correctional facility". Look him up, he's a notable tax protestor - appeared on 'America: Freedom to Fascism'.

BTW, the he's father of Peter Schiff.

Bitchin' is all we have for the moment.

Bitchin' removed Mubarak from power.

Bitchin' will provoke national attention via Occupy Wall Street

We bitched the British off our continent, bitchez

juangrande's picture

'We bitched the british off our continent".  So, native americans weren't bitchin' enough?

john39's picture

not enough of them left alive at the time to accomplish much.  biological warefare did wonders for them.

bread n circuses's picture

When a land conflict did develop between new settlers and old..."God ended the controversy by sending the small pox amongts the Indians," in the words of the Puritain minister Increase Mather.  "Whole towns of them were swept away, in some of them not so much as one Soul escaping the Destruction." By the time the Native populations of New England had replenished themselves to some degree, it was too late to expel the intruders.


--James W. Lowen: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.



BigJim's picture

In September 2011, it was announced that the Israeli Government seized 6 Turkish Heron's whilst they were undergoing maintenance at IAI workshops in Israel.

IAI staff maintain that the Turkish Heron's "with its enhanced performance, is better than all existing Heron UAVs operating worldwide”.

Can't see the Turks being too pleased about that.

Nascent_Variable's picture

In March of this year, there was a huge set of pro-democracy protests scheduled all across Saudi Arabia.  Of the tens of thousands who joined the protest group on Facebook, only a few hundred actually showed up.  there is no telling what happened to those people.

As a side note, the House of Saud offered to buy Facebook for $50 billion, IIRC, to shut down protestor communications.

karzai_luver's picture

we threaten and detain and hold people's family hostage in order to get them to turn over someone we have defined as a terrorist.


This is nothing new.


The U.S. has supported and carried out this type of policy forever.


Cut out the self gloss, it makes you look lame or corrupt.


Village Smithy's picture

I feel so comfortable living in a country where the media knows what's best for me and my family to be aware of. This way I can watch Dancing with the Stars worry free.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

Do you have access to Al Jazeera in the USA?

Man, they have the best shit besides the hedge.

john39's picture

RT is better...  the problem with aljazeera is that the some propaganda is these, just from a different angle.

Cash_is_Trash's picture

RT isn't a top tier source like Al Jazeera. AJ has so many programs and coverage with actual funding. I don't think RT has nearly the resources AJ has.

In a world of broken media we have no choice, except the INTERNET WOOO!

Fips_OnTheSpot's picture

There's always webstream on their website.

Sidenote: as aired today on AJ, Turkey is doing massive "military training ops" on the border to Syria.

Merry Xmas!

Abitdodgie's picture

NATO needs to bomb S Arabia just for humaniterian reasons.