On Tuesday afternoon 6th of march a few female students were gathered in the females’ campus at the King Khaled University (KKU) in Abha, Criticizing the deterioration of basic Facilities on campus like proper class rooms, Benches, tables, waste management; when they were verbally assaulted by the Female security guards calling them “Filthy Animals”& “Barking Dogs”. The girls responded to that by throwing empty water bottles & soda cans which was stacked all over the hallways. That was it for Tuesday .
On Wednesday Morning , My sister says that they were banned from bringing in or buying any water bottles or Any other refreshment; the dean instructions they said to punish them for throwing it at the guards. Around 10:45 AM the Guards grabbed one of the girls accusing her of hitting the guards and breaking the law, they were pulling her hair and dragging here on the stairs in the most humiliating way screaming and crying for help. Her friends, my sister included, rushed to help and pushed the guards away. This incidence triggered the demonstrations in the whole campus which was already sick of the corruption and ill-treatment of the dean and heads of departments . The girls were calling for an end to the university president Abdullah Alrashid’s era and held him responsible for all the ongoing corruption and deterioration for 13 years now.
An Hour later a dozen of security forces dressed as civilians accompanied by the campus security guards stormed the campus carrying batons started beating the girls which caused them to push each other trying to run away either to avoid getting beating up . That was, According to my sister, the main cause of fainting and some other injuries that said that it might reach up to 54 injured as Alwatan newspaper has claimed; the girls pulled themselves up and started stoning the assaulters with whatever they could put a hand on; until they succeeded to throw them out and closed the gates after them . The campus female guards also tried fire extinguishers and water hoses to force them apart but it turned out to be a bad idea as the girls snatched it and started hosing the guards away .
UPDATE 1 : Two videos Showing a broken window after breaking into the cafeteria; the other is showing girls screaming and gathering:
My sister eye witnessed the whole thing and got off easy with some bruises while she was defending her friends and I’m truly proud of her.
Personally, I think that If the government didn’t act and act fast, they could risk losing control over the whole situation; I know that We’re all used to be let down by our own country when it comes to rights and freedoms but lets just hope that it won’t this time .