Qassim Clerics Petition Government to Try or Release Detainees

The government must put detainees on trial or release them immediately, a group of clerics from the central area of Qassim said. In a petition signed by 101 clerics from the ultraconservative region and published online Sunday, the clerics warned the government that “disaffection has increased among the people, especially the families of detainees, and it has bubbled to the surface with protests and sit-ins…” The petition comes few days after some women from the town of Buraida were arrested for demanding the release of their detained relatives. “It is is not the habit of this country to insult women, let alone women who took to the street to demand justice,” the petition said.