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Saudi Religious Police brutality 22, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Jeans, one of the preeminent Saudi Arabian blogs, has a simple, short story recounting the brutal tactics of Saudi’s religious police.

So few days ago in Dammam some members of the religious police somehow got the impression that they could storm a women’s public restroom on the courniche to arrest someone. They went in and moments later emerged dragging a girl who was crying, screaming and begging them to leave her alone. She tried to run away but fell on the ground. The Haya’a men apparently thought it was okay to hit and kick her, so they did that in the street while people were watching, then they carried her and threw her in the back of their jeep.

Is any commentary really needed? All that needs to be pointed out is that this is hardly the first time.

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Apologies accepted? 22, December 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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After much genuflecting and countless apologetic snippets posted here and there, it seems that the rift between, well, Qataris and the online forum Qatari Living is subsiding. Many Qataris on the Facebook group set up to protest the perceived attack on them and their national day have graciously accepted the offered apologies. Inshallah, this is the end of it…