An Indonesian woman has died at a protest outside her country ' s consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, where thousands of frustrated workers gathered to rectify their immigration status.
"Some of them lit a fire near the walls of the consulate seeking to enter by force, but leading to the death of a woman," AFP quoted an unnamed consular source as saying on Sunday. Around 8,000 Indonesians workers gathered outside the consulate trying to resolve their immigration status as the government has asked the undocumented workers to regularize their position before July 3 or leave. The consular source said that the workers, frustrated by long waits to get exit visas, threw stones at the building. Some witnesses also said that the workers briefly clashed with security forces. Workers without proper papers will face penalties, including imprisonment up to two years, and fines up to 100,000 riyals ($A28,370) after July 3. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is trying to create job opportunities for its own unemployed by cutting the number of foreign workers.