Saudi dissidents claim that the Saud AL regime is the world’s main “sponsor of terrorism”, and promise to resist until the end.
In a statement issued Monday, the group Lijan al-Hirak al-Shabi (popular movement committee) has denounced the Saudi regime’s attempts to support terrorist groups and has assured that it will not cease its fight, despite massive repressions in Riyadh.
“The regime that governs the Arab peninsula presents itself as a supporter of Islam while being a sponsor of terrorism. Moreover, it supports terrorists to instrumentalize world policies and provides them with economic resources, which it obtains from the assets and properties of its own people,” the note reads.
The group has also denounced the systematic repression of anti-government demonstrations in the Arab kingdom, especially in the city of Al-Qatif, the birthplace of the late prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr.
Al-Qatif has been the scene of widespread protests against the regime in Riyadh and in that city the Shia-majority population demands the protection of freedom of expression, the release of political prisoners and an end to economic and religious discrimination.
Al Saud’s ruling regime has always responded harshly to the Shiite population’s marches, which has further strained the situation in this region. Demonstrations in Al-Qatif, located in the Orientale province, have intensified since January 2016 when the regime executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr.
In 2017, protests spread to the Shi’a town of Al-Awamiya, also in Orientale province. Saudi Arabia cracked down on several ongoing mobilizations against the Executive’s attempt to demolish the historic Al-Musawara neighbourhood.
Dozens of civilians were killed during the week-long military repression in Al-Musawara and some 30,000 people had to flee the city.
Human rights organizations and deniers, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International, have repeatedly denounced the exponential increase in repression, arrest and imprisonment of activists by the Riyadh regime, who are also subjected to brutal torture, including sexual assault.