Saudi youth call for protest in solidarity with Libyan uprising

Riyadh – A group of Saudi youth Thursday called for a peaceful demonstration in the coastal city of Jeddah in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Libya.

In a printed statement distributed around Riyadh, a group calling itself Jeddah Youth for Change asked people to demonstrate near the al-Beia roundabout in Jeddah on Friday.

‘We will not give up our right to peacefully demonstrate,’ the announcement read.

‘We will express our solidarity with the Libyan people who are living the hardship of their revolt against the oppressive and unjust system of Moamer Gaddafi,’ the flier said.

Protests in the oil-rich Saudi kingdom are rare.

Inspired by the recent successful anti-government uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Saudi youth have used social media to call for a mass protest on March 11.

On Facebook, hundreds responded to the call for the Saudi ‘Day of Rage’ on March 11, named after Egypt’s call for protests on January 25, which kicked off weeks of nationwide demonstrations and eventually toppled president Hosny Mubarak.

The aging King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz announced a series of economic and social reforms on Wednesday, prior to his return from a three-month-long medical absence.

The nation has seen growing discontent over unemployment in recent years.

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