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Saudi Arabia is one of those country’s where economic disparity that has fueled protesters’ anger is stark.

The monarchy sided with the embattled regimes during the unfolding crisis: The kingdom has granted refuge to Mr. Ben Ali and its ruler, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, has expressed support for Mr. Mubarak.

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, a rare protest erupted over the weekend after heavy rains flooded the streets, according to Reuters. It was swiftly crushed by police.


So far, there have only been unconfirmed reports of minor protests outside the capital, Tripoli.

Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi has been in power since a coup in 1969.

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