The government in
The government is scapegoating migrants without papers, saying they are to blame for the 12 percent unemployment rate among Saudis.
Some 23,000 undocumented Ethiopians have been taken into custody. In clashes in the capital,
Ethiopians have called protests all over the world. At least 500 gathered outside the Saudi embassy in
Protester Michael Kassa told Socialist Worker, “It’s terrible. People are beaten and raped. I’ve seen how they are treated on social media. They are innocent people.”
Another protester, Fikr, said she was really angry, “Our sisters and brothers have been forced out. People are being held without food, water or toilets. I know it isn’t just people without papers.
“I know someone who has been settled in
Bekele Mamo, who works for Ethsat TV, “The workers are Ethiopians, Filipinos, Malaysian and Indonesian. Some of the other governments have really helped their people, but I think ours is too close to the Saudis so it won’t stop people being treated like slaves.”
More protests are planned.