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Silver Lining

Press TV

People have held demonstrations against the Al Saud regime in the holy city of Mecca and the central city of Buraidah, Press TV reports.

The demonstrators took to the streets in the two cities on Tuesday, calling for the downfall of the Saudi regime. They also demanded the release of political prisoners.

On December 31, tens of thousands of Saudi nationals staged a protest in the oil-rich Eastern Province to condemn the recent killing of a teenage demonstrator.

The demonstration in Eastern Province was held following the funeral of Ahmad al-Matar, who was killed when regime forces opened fire on a group of protesters in the Qatif region of the province on December 27.

Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in Saudi Arabia, mainly in Qatif and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province, primarily calling for the release of all political…

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Silver Lining

Press TV

A Bahraini civilian court has upheld the sentences handed down to at least 13 leading opposition leaders, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority says.

The jail terms, seven of them life sentences, were previously issued by a military court.

The lawyers of the opposition leaders say, however, that the civilian court’s decision may still be appealed.

Human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and opposition leader Hassan Mushaimaa are among those sentenced to life in prison.

“The verdict does not come as a shock. With no international consequences and accountability for the Bahrain regime, they have no incentive to change,” Khawaja’s daughter, Maryam, said on Twitter.

The Bahraini regime sentenced human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison over charges of participation in anti-regime rallies in the Persian Gulf island state.

This is while human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called for the immediate release of Rajab from jail.

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