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Saudi Arabia waits for its spring and the death of the King will blow up the revolution

29 Feb 2012 - 5:12

Saudi Arabia (Islam Times): "Saad al-Faqih", official spokesman for the Movement for Islamic Reform in Saudi Arabia stressed in his article in the (Guardian) British newspaper that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in a state of repression and corruption with the accompanying acts of repression. This makes it wait for its Arab spring, stating that the reason behind the delay of the revolution is due to the hesitation of the reformers.

Faqih said that most of the factors that led to the revolutions of the Arab Spring are present in Saudi Arabia. The regime has arrested tens thousands of political prisoners and most of them without obvious charge. He states that corruption is also increasing; pointing out that there is $100 billion missing in the last budget alone.

Faqih addressed the poor living conditions faced by the Saudis, surprised by the drastic increase in the rates of unemployment, which reached 30% so far and that the average salary is less than $1300 per month and 22% of Saudis live in poverty. He condemns that all that is happening in a country with huge returns from oil, and that, given the standard of living of the Gulf States, the owner of the oil, we know that Saudi Arabia is in dire need of a revolution.

Al-Faqih, the British refugee said that the worst of it is that the Saudi royal family treats the country and its people as property of their own, instead of trying to provide services to citizens and to strengthen their identity.

Faqih directs the blame on the Western media for focusing on the demonstrations of Shiites and the status of women only, criticizing the Saudi regime for exploiting the Shiites demonstrations, who he described as jurist activists in the protest. He clarified that the system took advantage of this wrong promotion to convince the Sunni majority of the risk of control of the Shiites.

With regard to women, Faqih warned that the concentration of media on it can be counterproductive in the Kingdom and increases the risk of involvement of Saudi women and their compatibility with Western illegitimate values. He added that the focus on these issues distract attention from the most important challenges of the Kingdom's population.

Al-Faqih wondered: "Why the Revolution still did not reach to Saudi Arabia then?!” And he answered that "the reformers are still reluctant to express their views publicly, do you expect them to take concrete steps when the media is linking change and revolution to injustice, corruption, chaos and bloodshed?”

Despite that, Faqih expressed his optimism saying that things are moving towards change in Saudi Arabia and that the onset may be the death of the present King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, 90 years, or another incident that would save the people of the Kingdom as what happened with Tingi Bouazizi in Tunisia.

Faqih pointed out that the Saudis are able to confront injustice and eliminate it and that the signs of revolution began to appear. He referred to what happened two weeks ago, when a small tribe in Taif near Mecca prevented security forces to confiscate their land and forced them to cancel the confiscation order after a protest against this resolution. This made people all over the country ask: If the small tribe was able to regain their land through peaceful protest, so why shouldn’t the entire nation restore their rights in a similar manner?!