December 20, 2004

Saudi spring?

More likely a long hot summer. The Socialist Worker has an article detailing the trials and tribulations of the Saudi pro-democracy movement, such as it is.

This says it all about what the "Riyadh Triad" (three pro-democracy activists jailed since March for calling for a constitutional monarchy) are up against:

"Several people, including journalists and relatives of the trio, were arrested and detained, and the trial proceeded behind closed doors.

The trio’s lead attorney, Abdulrahman Al-Lahem, was also absent—he had been arrested and jailed a few weeks earlier for his criticism of judicial practices."

Three guys are such a threat to Saudi Arabia, journalists, lawyers and spectators had to be arrested. Truly the Kingdom is built on sand.

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