Saudi Police in Riyadh Clash with Migrant Workers – BBC

At least two people have been killed and scores wounded as Saudi police clashed with protesting foreign workers in a district of the capital, Riyadh.

A police statement said hundreds of people were arrested in the Manfuhah neighbourhood.

Later on Sunday, thousands of mostly African workers gathered in the capital to prepare for repatriation.

Last week police rounded up thousands of migrant workers after an amnesty linked to new employment rules expired.

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Ethiopians are detained in Riyadh’s Manfuhah neighbourhood

 

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One of the two people killed was a Saudi while the other was unidentified, police said. About 70 others were injured and there were some 560 arrests, officials added.

However, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom said he had information that three Ethiopian citizens had been killed, one last Tuesday and two in the latest clashes.

He said Addis Ababa had formally complained to Riyadh.

“This is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi government to investigate this issue seriously. We are also happy to take our citizens, who should be treated with dignity while they are there,” he said.

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Police said they intervened on Saturday after foreign workers in the Manfuhah district rioted, attacking Saudi and other foreign residents with rocks and knives.

Vigilante Saudi residents in Manfuhah reportedly joined the fighting and even detained some Ethiopians.

Manfuhah is home to many migrants, mostly from east Africa.

On Sunday, witnesses said police surrounded the district while units from the National Guard and special forces were sent in.

Hundreds of African migrants reportedly surrendered to police.

A long line of buses took the migrants to temporary housing along the airport road in Riyadh.

Last Monday, the authorities began rounding up thousands of illegal foreign workers following the expiry of a seven-month amnesty for them to formalise their status. …Read More on BBC

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  1. Tig

    My name is t….. I Ben Saudi Arabia for 10 years i back home last month i live with my boyfriend 5 years in Saudi i breakup with him becuse he knows a lot of girl because of him i am HIV positive.my point is I Ben rep almost 2 weeks by a lot of Saudi police I didn’t say no i with so happy i do averting to make theme sex with me because they deserved all of theme are married i don’t feel sorry for what i did that was the first time am happy because that I am HIV positive,they afraid to get some sickness from as that why they cover something in there noze ha ha ha ha but they make sex with me with out any protection.

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