The Saudi Revolution’s First Martyr

Iran had Neda Agha Soltan.

Tunisia had Mohamed Bouazizi.

As of this afternoon, Saudi Arabia has Faisal Ahmed Abdul-Ahadwas.

Founder and convener of the Facebook group calling for the ‘Day of Rage’ on March 11, Faisal was kick-starting the Musk Revolution.

And for that, he had to die:

Online activists said they believe Abdul-Ahadwas was killed by state security and that his body was taken by authorities to ‘hide evidence of the crime.’

They argued he was killed because of ‘his commitment to a better future for his country.’ [Source]

To date, the group has over 17,000 members calling for governors and members of the upper house of parliament to be elected, the release of political prisoners, greater employment, and greater freedoms.

The irony that regimes fail to grasp is that the slaughter of innocents does not dissipate revolutionary spirit, but augments it.

Yesterday it was calls to protest against human rights abrogations; tomorrow it will be against a brutal regime that uses death to silence and consolidate its power further.

March 11 was a hazy possibility this morning.

Tonight it is becoming a reality.

2 comments on “The Saudi Revolution’s First Martyr

  1. haitham
    March 4, 2011

    thanks for this

  2. Layla
    March 4, 2011

    Thank you, Haitham. I sincerely hope we shan’t have to post more stories like this.

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