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150 Held After Reform Protest in Capital

October 16, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Police arrested up to 150 people for staging a rare public protest in Riyadh, the capital, to call for reforms in the conservative Islamic kingdom, said the interior minister, Prince Nayef ibn Abdulaziz.

Occurring in a country where protests are illegal, Tuesday's demonstrations were a major departure from the polite newspaper commentaries or petitions to the government that have characterized the Saudi reform movement.

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