Several protesters were arrested in Saudi Arabia on Sunday at a demonstration demanding the release of thousands of prisoners, held captive for years without trial.
They were among dozens of men and women who tried to push their way into Riyadh’s interior ministry building, which was fortified with up to 2,000 special forces and 200 police vehicles, according to the Associated Press news agency.
“We have seen at least three or four police vehicles taking people away,” said an activist there who declined to be named.
“Security forces have arrested around 15 people. They tried to go into the ministry to go and ask for the freedom of their loved ones.”
Some people were seen arguing with police but were not shouting chants or bearing protest placards, at the third such demonstration this month by families demanding information on the fate of relatives, held secretly on security or terrorism charges.
Protests are banned in the kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter.