Arab Spring haj pilgrims talk politics despite heavy security

It feels a bit of an anachronism to keep referring to “Arab Spring Nations,” – this story has a vivid narrative, however

 

Credit: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Credit: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

(Reuters) – The young Syrian ascending Mount Arafat brooded about his war-shattered country on Monday, his concerns a common preoccupation among Arabs in the sea of humanity making the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Wary of regional tensions that could flare into protests at the haj, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef asked pilgrims last week to leave their disputes at home, and he assigned 95,000 members of the security forces to keep order.

Despite a ban on political debate during haj, pilgrims from Arab states shaken by popular uprisings found personal security a common theme as they climbed the rocky mountain where the Prophet Mohammad delivered his last sermon some 1,400 years ago.

Arab Spring haj pilgrims talk politics despite heavy security – (Reuters) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/lifestyle/~3/ZWTHlqRoRHM/story01.htm

 

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