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Arab Spring to engulf Saudi Arabia
  A senior Iranian official says Saudi Arabia will soon feel the extension of the ongoing wave of awakening and democracy in Arab countries, predicting that the wave will reach the US-backed monarchy within two years.
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Monday 12 December 2011 18:12
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Secretary General of Iran
Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani
BFnews: Addressing a group of Iranian college students at Tehran University on Sunday, Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani insisted that the wave of Islamic Awakening, which has swept numerous countries in the Middle East and North Africa, will soon hit the coasts of Saudi Arabia in the next couple of years, Mehr News Agency reported.

Larijani also lashed out at Riyadh's military intervention in Bahrain and Yemen, reiterating that the US-backed Saudi regime made a huge mistake in deploying its forces to the neighboring countries since it is unable to control the surging popular protests against the despotic rulers in both nations.

Saudi Arabia's east has mainly been the scene of anti-government protests over the past months with demonstrators demanding human rights reform, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners.

The US-based Human Rights Watch has reported that over 160 dissidents have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since February as part of the regime's crackdown on anti-government protesters. The rights group called on Saudi authorities in October to stop the ''arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters, relatives of wanted persons, and human rights activists'' in Eastern Province.

According to the Saudi-based Human Rights First Society (HRFS), the detainees suffered both physical and mental torture.

The arrests in Saudi Arabia have been carried out despite the fact that the authoritarian kingdom is a party to the Arab Charter on Human Rights, Article 14 of which prohibits arbitrary detention.

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Source : Press TV