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Wed, 04/27/2011 - 09:56
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Bahraini Politician: Bahrain's Revolution to Spark Shiite Uprising in Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN,April 27 (FNA)- A prominent Bahraini politician said that the current revolution in his Shiite-majority nation would give rise to a similar uprising among the Shiite minority of Saudi Arabia, who mainly live in oil rich regions of the Arab country.
"Adjacency of Bahrain's Shiite-majority population to Saudi Arabia's Shiite region of al-Shortiyah, which is just 25km away from the borders with Bahrain, poses a potential threat to the Saudi regime," Representative of the Bahraini Shiites in Iran Abdullah Daqaq said Tuesday.

"Victory of the Bahraini people's uprising would lead to a similar uprising by the Shiites of the al-Shortiyah region that has the richest oil resources in Saudi Arabia," Daqaq underscored.

He further pointed out that the deep and grave impact that such an uprising in Saudi Arabia would leave on the world oil market, which would certainly harm the interests of the western countries, is the root cause of the Saudi occupation of Bahrain and the brutal suppression of the Bahrainis' popular movement by the Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud regimes and the West's support for their crimes.

Last week, a prominent Saudi political analyst also said that the Saudi ruling system is highly unpopular among the country's people.

Speaking to FNA, Mohammad al-Mos'ari said he believes "any free opinion poll in Saudi Arabia would reveal that at least 70% of the people want the overthrow of the Al-Saud dynasty".

He further underlined that a revolution in the Kingdom is now very likely, and noted, "I believe that popular protests will not be silenced."

Elsewhere, Mos'ari voiced strong opposition to the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain to suppress peaceful protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf Island, and stated, "I believe that the fire of Bahrain's revolution will spread to Saudi Arabia."

Demonstrators in Bahrain have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old monarchy, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14th.

Bahraini security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protesters. So far, at least 40 people have been killed, almost 100 have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

Tension is growing high after the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain. Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy's fifth fleet, is viewed as a very sensitive and determining factor in the power equations of the region.

To help the Bahraini government crush the anti-government protests, Saudi Arabia has deployed over 1,000 troops in the country.