[ View the story "Saudi women sit-in to take a stand" on Storify] Saudi women sit-in to take a stand Protesters arrested for denouncing detention without due process.
The Stream· Wed, Feb 27 2013 10:29:47
One of the demands of the protesters is due process for those imprisoned.
#Buraydah_Sit_in They are asking the authorities to either take these prisoners to court, or set them free #اعتصام_بريدة #ميدان_الحرائرAfnan Amin
Those at the protests are also demanding "the release of political prisoners" as seen in the picture below. Abu Muwahhid, who shared the image, gave credit to the women who were there in lieu of men.
The #Buraydah_Sit_In honorable women and children pave the path to justice, victory & honor while the men walk on it insolently!Ahmad Jibril الشيخ
Below, a woman holds a sign calling for "freedom for prisoner Salah Al Jadiyi, imprisoned for sixteen years in Saudi prisons".
Protesters held photos of Mohammed bin Nayef, Saudi Minister of the Interior, with the words "leave". The photos were later burned in front of security forces.
إحراق صورة محمد بن نايف في اعتصام بريدةMeemoo1415
This week's sit-in was the third in a series of protests in Buraida. Blogger Ahmed Al Omran speculates this could become a larger issue for the government:
The women protest in Buraida, central Saudi Arabia, could become a major thing. First they burned MbN picture, now they set up tents.Ahmed Al Omran
Human rights group
Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association
shared this photo of the protests: "A recent picture of the protesters. They have pitched their tents and are continuing their sit-in until their demands are met".
After two days of the most recent sit-in, the protesters were taken into custody.
after 2 dys of protesting 4 the freedom of their long imprisoned relatives,all women were arrested an hour ago #اعتصام_بريدة #ميدان_الحرائرIman ALQahtani
Third time our sisters in Buraydah held a protest for their relatives imprisond..3rd time arrestd #Buraydah_Sit_inBint Abdullaah
Some following the story highlighted the importance of women's participation in the protests:
While some celebrate the meaningless participation of women in the saudi shura council, activist women in #Buraydah_Sit_in got arrested.Ahmad Sabri
#buraydah_sit_in why aren't human rights activists acting on this? They bark that women in Saudi can't drive. Can't hear them now tho.....salafiya