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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!