A courageous man speaks out in Saudi Arabia

April 20, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More

Khaled al-Johani decided to speak out at the “day of rage” in Saudi Arabia, even though no one else spoke. He is the 40-year old religion teacher in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the father of a 5-year old autistic boy. He was direct during his speech: Saudi Arabia needs free speech and it needs democracy.

For this outburst, Khaled was imprisoned. He had plainly predicted that he would be thrown in prison during his speech. In the linked article, it was indicated that he would be transferred to the notorious maximum-security Takehi Alhaer prison outside Riyadh. It was suggested that he would be tortured there, and released only after he disavowed what he said about free speech and democracy.

The following youtube video is an excerpt taken from a BBC program about the incident.

Here is a Facebook page dedicated to Khaled.

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Category: Censorship, Civil Rights, Heroes, Orwellian

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    This video has been haunting me ever since I saw it.

    It reminds me of the following quote:

    "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

    – spoken by Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  2. Ben says:

    I'm afraid to watch the video or just dont want to. Going through my own battles at the moment. Just wanted to thank you for reminding me of the quote from TKM.

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    “After visiting al-Johani in May, family members said that he had lost weight and was depressed.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaled_al-Johani

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