The protesters held the Riyadh government responsible for the killings. Demonstrators called the day 'the Bloody Thursday,? denouncing the authoritarian royal rule and calling for democracy. Human rights groups have called on Saudi authorities to release the detainees. Saudi Arabia has strictly banned any gatherings across the kingdom since then.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute Wahabi-Monarchy where authorities do not allow any political or human right associations. In June, 2012 prosecutors arrested one activist Ra'if Badawi on the charge of operating the Saudi Liberals website, deemed insulting to Islam. Thirty five Christian Ethiopian men and women arrested in December 2012 for ?illicit mingling? during a religious service and had been deported.
The Shia Muslims are Official discriminated in jobs and business. They are not allowed to follow their peaceful religious practices and education. The country follows the Wahabi Ideology and their interpretation of the "Holy Book" and the Traditions (in which the regime believes) are the basis of their justice system. There is no written Constitution.
On July 2012, the authorities had arrested Shaikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent shia cleric. Security forces have killed (officially) at least 13 Shia in protests since 2011. Protesters demanded the release of Shia prisoners and an end to their discrimination.
Not only Shias but the ordinary Muslims who are unwilling to follow the Salafi-Wahabi system of justice are regularly punished and incarcerated. Hundreds of Saudis in Buraida, the central town of Saudi Arabia including about a dozen in a Riyadh shopping mall demonstrated for the release of long-term detainees without trial. University and public security forces in March intervened to quell a protest by female students in King Khaled University, leaving at least one woman dead.
Human Right activist Omar al-Saeed was sentenced for 4 years in prison and 300 lashes. He had called for the removal of abslute monarchy. Earlier, Fahad al-Qahtani and Abdullah Hamid were also sentenced to prison for 10 and 5 years on charges of "breaking allegiance with the ruler" and running an unlicensed political organization.
It is so surprising that that American media never pressed its administrative officials on these persecutions. The west is more concerned with Syria, Iran and North Korea. They failed to act and didn't take concrete action against the military rulers of Egypt after the overthrow of a democratically elected leader.
Saudi Arabia is the biggest supporter of the military government of Gen Sisi in Egypt. Despite its human rights abuses US sells the military weapons, including standoff land attack missiles and anti-ship harpoon missiles capable of being fired from US-made F-15s and F-16s to Saudi and the UAE.
In fact Saudi Arabia and the other Monarchies of Middle East are the important players and pivotal in view of US foreign policy. They are to back bone to economic interests of the West. Their supports to these absolute monarchies remind the blind support west had provided to the apartheid government of South Africa.
Obviously strategic interests take precedence over injustice anywhere. West would cry violation of human rights in any country with the exception of the regimes subservient to their Interests. Half-hearted of condemnations of these so called Guardians of Human Dignity and Freedom have little effect on human rights abuses around this globe.