Protest the Saudi state visit!

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by JoePolitix, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. JoePolitix

    JoePolitix Gone

    Wednesday 31st October, 6pm - 8pm

    Saudi Embassy, 30-32 Charles Street, W1J 5DZ (next to Green Park station)

    Speakers: Yahya al-Alfaifi (Saudi trade unionist), Katy Clark MP, John McDonnell MP, Marsha-Jane Thompson (SYN Co-Chair), Sandy Mitchell (former British prisoner in Saudi Arabia), Murad Qureshi AM, Peter Tatchell

    See map here,-0.145741&spn=0.008641,0.010235&z=16&om=1

    SYN is organising a demonstration against the Saudi dictator Abdullah al Saud who is on a state visit to Britain at the invitation of the Government between 30th October - 1st November.

    Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive dictatorships on earth. There are no political parties, free elections, trade unions or independent media. Human rights abuses are rampant–including torture, floggings, amputations and public execution. Women are deprived of their most basic rights while gays face the prospect of death.

    The British Government continues to prop up this regime at the behest of the oil and defence industry while hypocritically preaching about democracy and human rights abuses abroad.

    Join the demonstration and make clear that British support for this vile dictatorship will no longer be tolerated!
  2. jonH

    jonH New Member

    nice one, protesting at the british govt, that man is their expendable puppet, let's get rid of the tosser
  3. JHE

    JHE .

    Yes, it's horrible, isn't it? That's bloody Islamism for you. The difference beween the House of Saud and their Islamist opponents is just that the opponents want an even more extreme, puritan Islamic regime, like the Taliban.
  4. In Bloom

    In Bloom Joyless and full of hate

    Best of luck to you. Shame stuff like this is always in London, can't make it down on such short notice.

    What does SYN stand for, by the way?
  5. Detroit City

    Detroit City This post is my opinion..

    i understand the saudis are royal assholes but were we gonna get our oil from? :confused:
  6. jonH

    jonH New Member

    the people in Saudi are us, it's the nationalist view that has created the problem
    we should think globally about such resources. The whole planet has an interest in it's fuel reserves and these fuckers are running the show and being fucking theatrical while they're at it
    to meet our media fix requirements. Get a life
  7. JHE

    JHE .

  8. chymaera

    chymaera Banned Banned

    Are you sure the many thousands of people who are making the products the Saudis buy agree with that?
  9. Detroit City

    Detroit City This post is my opinion..

    we're talking big money and big corporations and deep pockets and billions of barrels of oil here
  10. jonH

    jonH New Member

    it's a good opportunity for solidarity, if nothing else
  11. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    Worthy cause and all, but ffs - basic usage of English requires the thread title to be "Protest against the Saudi state visit!"

    Unless of course you want to make vocal your support for the man?:confused:

    <grumbling grammar nazi leaves the thread>
  12. JHE

    JHE .

    Be fair, Spanglechick. JoePolitix is an American gentleman. English is a little different over there in Yankland, but just as good in its own way.
  13. Louloubelle

    Louloubelle Well-Known Member

    I know plenty of Muslim people who hate the House of Saud and all it stands for but are about as liberal and non extreme as you could imagine
  14. Donna Ferentes

    Donna Ferentes jubliado

  15. socialist

    socialist Chrematomisiast

  16. JHE

    JHE .

    I referred to the Islamist opponents of the Saudi regime, not to this or that Muslim (or nominal Muslim) who would prefer something more liberal or more democratic.

    Incidentally, when the House of Saud is overthrown, who do you expect to triumph in the Arabia formerly known as Saudi? Some bunch of liberal democrats or a bunch of Taliban-like gung ho Islamists? I'd bet on the latter.
  17. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member

    Is this the socialist youth network's first outing?
  18. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    It's Protest against!! :rolleyes:

    Bloody students ..... :D

    </scarpers, leaving trail of pedantry>
  19. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Still the Bastards come
    Bahnhof Strasse likes this.
  20. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Not what they want but what is good for them

    The UK refers to the Saudis as Strategic allies - i.e. ££££ and influence rather than besties
  21. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    Nauseating seeing the amount of pro-Saudi advertising the British media have been accepting around this visit. Nauseating but not surprising.

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