The Saudi religious establishment, wittingly or unwittingly, are tools of Empire:
Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter and a major US ally, is an absolute monarchy that does not tolerate any form of public dissent.
It managed to stifle an attempt to stage a mass protest on 11 March with a large security presence on the streets.
Religious scholars issued their fatwa, or religious edict, and senior princes issued warnings in advance.
“The grand mufti requested that a number of government and private firms print and distribute more than a million copies,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that 500,000 copies had already been printed.
SPA said the fatwa “called for strengthening cohesion and affinity” and called on the Saudi people to “have a united front … under its wise and legitimate leadership, warning [against] and forbidding demonstrations”.
Grand mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh heads the clerics council and is the country’s highest religious official.