Saudi authorities detain families at rights protest

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 18:15

 
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi security forces detained dozens of men, women and children on Tuesday after they staged a rare protest outside a human rights group's office in Riyadh to demand the release of jailed relatives, activists said.

Protests are banned in the conservative kingdom, a US ally that shows little tolerance towards dissent. But relatives have occasionally gathered outside government offices in the world's largest oil exporter to demand the release of prisoners they say have been held for long periods without trial.

"They detained six children, 23 women and around 30 men," Ali Alhattab, an activist told Reuters from the Saudi capital.

Activists posted pictures on social media showing a crowd surrounded by security forces. Reuters could not verify the images.

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