Syed Ali Wasif, president of Society for International Reforms and Research, Washington
“What they (Saudi regime) are doing is they are betraying the common Muslims in the name of Mecca and Medina, and their sacredness,” said Syed Ali Wasif, the president of Society for International Reforms and Research in Washington, in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.
“The sacredness of Mecca and Medina is being used by the Saudi regime to fool around, to fool the Saudi citizens and to fool the Muslim Ummah and the international community at large.”
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Qatif region and the town of Awamiyah in the oil-rich Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.
However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the Eastern Province.
On August 3, Saudi security forces killed 18-year-old Hussain Yousef al-Qallaf in Qatif.
Wasif stated that the anti-regime protesters in Saudi Arabia “are under a single leadership, under a single banner and they are moving ahead in the right direction to oust the Saudi regime in that region.”
According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”