Saudi prints 1.5 million copies of anti-demo edict

By REUTERS
March 29, 2011 13:15

 
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JEDDAH - Saudi Arabia is printing 1.5 million copies of an edict by religious scholars outlawing protests in the conservative kingdom as un-Islamic, the state news agency said on Tuesday.

Religious scholars issued their fatwa, or religious edict, and senior princes issued warnings in advance.

"The Grand Mufti requested that a number of government and private firms print and distribute more than a million copies," SPA said, adding that 500,000 copies already had been printed.

SPA said the fatwa "called for strengthening cohesion and affinity" and called on the Saudi people to "have a united front... under its wise and legitimate leadership, warning (against) and forbidding demonstrations."

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