The AP is reporting hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets in a restive area of eastern Saudi Arabia, after a young Shiite boy was killed by security forces.
Most of the rest of the Middle East including Bahrain, was rocked by widespread, anti-regime protests last year. But in Saudi, where the ruling royal family runs a tight ship and political activity is limited, the government was spared spectacular, popular revolt.
But since Mar. 2011, small, low-key protests have taken place in several places across the kingdom, most notably in the eastern region of Qatif, where Shia communities feel marginalized by their Sunni rulers.
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A handful of protestors have died, including 22-year-old Issam Mohammed, who died Friday after being shot by live ammunition in the same area, the BBC reports.
And we should mention, Qatif has also has a lot of oil. Watch this space.