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Gunfire ahead of Saudi day of protest

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Gunfire ahead of Saudi day of protest


Protesters have taken to the streets of Saudi Arabia.

Amateur video captured the crowd of Shi’ite demonstrators who had attacked policemen, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman. He confirmed to reporters that three people were injured during the demonstrations although he failed to explain how. It is understood police fired over the heads of the crowd.

It happened in the oil-producing Eastern province of the kingdom. It is reckoned around 200 people were involved.

These scenes came as a Facebook page calling for protests on the streets today gathered more than 30,000 followers. It is not clear whether people will demonstrate as they have done in the Eastern province over the past three weeks.

Saudi Shi’ites, who make up about 15 percent of the population, have complained that they struggle to get the same benefits as others. The government denies this while Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said protests were not the way to seek change.

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