Saudi dictatorship arrests poet


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From Al Jazeera:

Saudi poet’s arrest spurs online campaign

#FreeHabibNow trends globally.

Netizens took to Twitter on Friday to protest against the arrest of Saudi poet and photographer Habib Ali al-Maatiq. They campaigned using the hashtag #FreeHabibNow.

It is not clear why al-Maatiq was detained, but several Saudi sites say it was because he worked as a webmaster for the al-Fajr Cultural Network website, according to Al Akhbar English. The website, which has reported on the ongoing protests in Qatif, was shut down after al-Maatiq’s arrest.

“We are facing a new form of terrorism,” Al Akhbar cited a Saudi interior ministry official as saying in a statement. The arrest comes after the government of Saudi Arabia charged journalist Hamza Kashgari with apostasy for tweeting an imaginary conversation with the Prophet Mohammed.

At least seven young Shiite Muslims have been shot dead and several dozen wounded by security forces in Eastern Saudi Arabia in recent months: here.

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