JNN 18 Oct 2012 Jeddah : Saudi Arabian troops have opened fire in the town of Awamiyah in the kingdom’s Eastern Province of Shia Majority , spreading panic among people. Hundreds of female activists have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province to protest against the violation of women’s rights in the kingdom.The incident occurred around 3 a.m. local time (00:00 GMT) on Tuesday when regime forces in armored vehicles started to patrol the streets around the town, the Al Jazeera Magazine reported. Many were panicked after they were woken up by a sudden launch of gunfire by the troops who went on a shooting spree. A number of civilian cars were damaged in the incident, which drew condemnation from human rights groups. The crackdowns have been condemned by various human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch has said the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.” On Tuesday, Amnesty International called on Saudi authorities to stop excessive use of force “to stifle people’s attempts to protest against the widespread use of arbitrary detention in the country.” According to the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association, there are about 30,000 political prisoners in the kingdom. Hundreds of female activists have taken to the streets in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province to protest against the violation of women’s rights in the kingdom. The protesters staged a gathering on Tuesday in the town of Awamiyah to protest the harassment of female students while leaving school, the Al Jazeera Magazine reported. Also in Riyadh, people held a rally and blocked a main road in the city in protest against the arrest of Haila al-Qaseer. Qaseer, 37, was charged over her alleged contribution to terrorist organizations, instigating armed resistance against security personnel, acquiring arms, and branding the government as infidel. She has been sentenced to 15 years in jail. The latest demonstrations against the Saudi regime came in the face of the monarchy’s heavy-handed handling of critics and its zero tolerance for protest gatherings. On October11, the Saudi Interior Ministry issued a statement threatening to deal “firmly” with those participating in any demonstrations in support of political prisoners, who the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association says number to about 30,000. Since February 2011, protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah in the Eastern Province, to call for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, as well as an end to widespread discrimination against Shias. The protesters are calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination as well as an end to the despotic rule of the Al Saud regime. Anti-regime sentiments hiked after November 2011, when the Al Saud regime forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province. Security forces have also arrested dozens of people including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr.
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