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WASHINGTON – The Saudi Arabian monarchy is becoming increasingly uneasy over the growing opposition in the country, from al-Qaida which seeks to establish a caliphate in the place of the monarchy to the growing Shi’ite minority which Saudi officials believe is under the influence of Shi’ia Iran, a Saudi arch-enemy, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Now comes a newly declared Saudi opposition movement called the Ikhawan al-Mo’menoun, or Faithful Brotherhood, for Freedom of Hejaz.
The Hejaz is the western-most region of Saudi Arabia and stretches all along the Red Sea where the main city, Jeddah is located. It also is the area where Islam’s most holy cities of Mecca and Medina are.
In effect, this movement seeks to reclaim Islam’s most holy places from the monarchy which it opposes.
The Ikhawan al-Mo’menoun regards the royal al-Saud family as infidels and has called for the family’s removal from power.
“At this sensitive moment that nations have decided to determine their fate and while a wave of determination has risen to change their bitter situation, we grab the string of faith brotherhood and announce that it is now the time to start change (in Saudi Arabia) and declare existence of our Islamic movement,” the group said in a statement.
“Since our movement and move is based on Islamic change, the real point of change in our dear homeland is the overthrow of the criminal al-Saud, which is the underlying cause of division in the Muslim world, so that the Muslim people can take the power and infidels are fired from Hejaz.”
This latest group suggests that it will mount a concerted effort to bring down the monarchy.
“This is the start of our secret activity and there is no return on this path,” the group said.
In addition to the threat from al-Qaida, the Saudi regime since February 2011 has come under increasing uprisings, especially in the eastern province of Qatif.
The Qaida region is predominantly Shi’ite and is where much of Saudi Arabia’s, oil product is.
The demonstrators have been demanding human rights reform, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners.
The regime has been putting down these demonstrations with brute force, since they are considered illegal.
Many deaths and injuries have resulted, with a large number of protesters being arrested as the Saudi regime has stepped up its crackdown of demonstrations. However, the Saudi regime has one of the worst human rights records in the world, thereby spawning the creation of more radical elements to come forward.
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