Mass Demonstrations in Saudi Arabia in March on Facebook

March 11 Revolution of Longing Demonstration

Next up for Arab unrest and demonstrations is Saudi Arabia. On the Saudi Arabia Facebook page, March 11th is the date for mass demonstrations called, Revolution of Longing, those of the have-nots.

There are many in Saudi Arabia that are not privy to the vast freedoms the rich have and double standards within the the country are huge. Many inequities exist within this oil rich country and traditions rooted in ancient culture that do not belong in the 21st Century.

To appease the lower class citizens, King Abdullah is buying the hearts and minds of the have-nots. Oddly enough, all of a sudden he has a change of heart after witnessing Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Tunisia. He has immediately doubled the Saudi development fund, a fund that helps those classes miles below him. The fund helps those people get married, start a business and with unemployment. This is all an effort to stem the growing discontent of the average, non-royal, citizen about the lack of freedom. I am sure Gahdaffi had wished he paid more attention also, his efforts are too late.

The Saudi Facebook page calls for the "ouster of the regime" and lists many other demands which include elections of their ruler and to the Shura Council. So, to stem the whole messy thing, Abdulla instructed that $10.7 billion dollars be pumped into the fund available to the less fortunate. The Saudis at the top only hope that unrest is minimal with this "buying" of the public support.

There is a lot at stake if SA goes the way of Egypt and we all know what it is- oil! 

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

The likelihood of civil unrest in Saudi Arabia will likely be much lower than in other Middle Eastern nations. The oil wealth they possess is massive and they do spread it around and are extending this as you describe. It is also the home of the 2 holiest cities in Islam being Mecca and Medina. They maintain a very religious society which is key in this homeland of Islam. These 2 elements should keep the lid on things in Saudi Arabia especially if they open up a bit. Don't get me wrong, this is a very volatile time so nothing is assured. The ruling Saudis are very shrewd Machiavellian rulers so i feel they will navigate this. If they can't, oil prices will hit the roof and worldwide recession will return.


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Looks like Obama is getting what he wants, higher gas prices.

Keep on hubbing!


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Yes, already near $4 a gal for prem in SF


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey perrya:

Informative article. You know that things may get worse before they improve.

Be Blessed...


ahmed 5 years ago

i am a saudi, i love the king and ppl around me too. the reforms he does are great since he came to throne. we pray to Allah (God) to preserve him and grant him the good health .... i heard about the facebook call for demonstrations in my country but i wonder who would ask for that?!! the poorist person in saudi arabia has the basic things for living...


John Doe 4 years ago

Ahmed you probebley dont know anything about freedom. Saudi Arabia is a country where wemen cant drive car , go too cinema or even go out and watch different sport events in public, and you are here doing commercial about how good ppl have it there. probebly you and some persons around you have it good becouse you are a rich saudi!

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