Reports on Saturday said Saudi sevurity forces dispered on Friday a protest by Shiite residents of the city of Qatif for the release of political prisoners. The protesters called for the release of Shiite prisoners, who are being held "unjustly," some as long as 16 years. Saudi authorities arrested 4 people for taking part in the protest in Qatif.
Meanwhile, other reports said that after Friday prayers in Riyadh, protesters gathered in front of al-Rajhi Mosque in the east of the capital and chanted anti-government and anti-corruption slogans. Witnesses say Saudi security forces detained at least three people Also Friday, a peaceful protest rally was also held in al-Hufuf district in the eastern province after the Friday prayers to condemn the Saudi government's detention of Sheikh Tawfiq al-Amer who had called for a constitutional monarchy in the kingdom.