Saudis have staged another anti - regime protest in the central province of Qassim, demanding the release of political prisoners.

Scores of Saudis took the streets of Buraydah on Tuesday despite a regime ban on public gatherings to express solidarity with political prisoners. They also called for the immediate release of the 23 - year - old political activist, Hood al - Aqil, who was arrested in March after Saudi forces raided his house in the city. Activists say there are over 40,000 political prisoners, mostly prisoners of conscience, in jails across the kingdom. According to the activists, most of the detained political thinkers are being held by Al Saud regime without trial or legitimate charges and that they were arrested for merely looking suspicious. Some of the detainees are reported to be held without trial for more than 16 years. Attempting to incite the public against the government and the allegiance to foreign entities are usually the ready - made charges against dissidents. In Saudi Arabia, protests and political gatherings of any kind are prohibited.