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So far, the protests have had mostly political repercussions. Their recent spread to Libya means a member of OPEC is now affected, while demonstrations in Yemen and Bahrain means they are on Saudi Arabia’s doorstep.

In Jordan, a government official said the Cabinet has enacted laws to permit greater freedoms and price restraints. The decision late Tuesday came hours after the country’s largest opposition group, the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, vowed to resume protests, accusing the government of failing to keep its promise of speedy reforms.

Analysts are skeptical that demonstrations will find much footing in the Gulf Arab states, where coffers are flush with oil revenue. Abdullah’s announcement reflected the typical way in which the Gulf states have dealt with unease: by throwing money at the problem.

While that policy may be successful, the concerns of a contagion in those nations is worrying the global oil markets. The U.S. benchmark crude futures contract Wednesday climbed to fresh two-year highs amid the unrest in Libya, while its London-based counterpart, Brent, climbed by more than $1 per barrel to almost $107.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs said in a research report that the violent protests in Bahrain spotlight how the Gulf states are also vulnerable, noting that the unrest in the island nation and in Libya “increase the risks of major supply disruptions.”

The Facebook page in Saudi Arabia offered a glimpse of the broader concerns in the population. Among the injustices it listed, the communique called for an independent judiciary, ensuring that security services work for the benefit of the people, the release of political prisoners and the right of freedom of expression and gathering.

It was not possible to determine how much support the page has within the kingdom, but such complaints have repeatedly surfaced before.