Day of Anger on Friday in Saudi Arabia

Cyber activists have created a group on Facebook calling for a “Day of Anger” on Friday in the eastern Saudi region, following the arrest of a Muslim cleric.

The group of more than 500 members is calling for protests after Friday prayers in Al-Hufuf, in Eastern Province’s Al-Ihsaa governorate, to demand the release of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer.

Amer was arrested after calling for a “constitutional monarchy” in the kingdom, according to the Rasid website.  It said that Amer has been held several times in the ultra-conservative absolute monarchy over his calls “for giving Shiites further freedom to exercise their religious rights.”

This article was first published in the Al-Manar TV Web site on 3 March 2011; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes. Cf.