At least three people were injured late Thursday after Saudi security forces fired on scores of protesters in the eastern city of Qatif. According to two witnesses and an activist, the protests took place one day ahead of a planned "Day of Rage" in the kingdom.
Despite the ban on public demonstrations, more than 100 people urged authorities to free Shiite prisoners, the witnesses and activist said. At some point, the witnesses said Saudi security forces shot to disperse the crowd. Those injured were taken to Qatif Central Hospital for treatment, CNN said.
The previous day, a similar number of protesters took to the streets at Qatif.