RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s top clerics have condemned calls for protests as un-Islamic, the Al Hayat newspaper reported Monday, ahead of a demonstration planned in the kingdom later this week.
The Council of Senior Scholars said that “reform and advice do not take place by protests or methods that
lead to sedition”.
A protest is being planned in Saudi Arabia Friday to call for political reforms, the release of political prisoners, more employment opportunities and greater freedoms. The interior ministry over the weekend issued a ban on all demonstrations, saying that they go against Islamic law and the traditions of the oil-rich kingdom.
It warned that security forces would take all necessary actions against those who violate the ban.
The Council of Senior Scholars was formed by a royal decree in 1971 to issue religious rulings.