The Baqee protest is scheduled on Monday, July 3rd 2017 starting at 1:00 PM at the Kingdom of Saudi Embassy, Washington, DC. Historically this protest has been very well attended and this year we expect a more robust attendance. A couple of thousand protesters are expected to arrive in buses from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Michigan and the surrounding DC areas. We are actively pursuing Congressmen, Senators and other leaders to speak at the event. After speeches in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy, there will be a march towards The White House. The protest will conclude with more speeches at Lafayette Park around 5:00 PM.
Al-Baqee Organization (www.baqee.org), is an NGO comprised of a coalition of American Muslims committed to raise awareness about atrocities on people, culture and Islamic heritage sites especially in regions that are under the influence of the Saudi Wahhabi regime. The Wahhabi ideology that is deeply rooted, funded & propagated by Saudi Arabia, recommends against the visitation of shrines as shirk. The Islamic Heritage Research Foundation in London estimates that over 98% of Saudi Arabia’s historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985 (2). "It's as if they wanted to wipe out history," says Ali Al-Ahmed, of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, DC (2). In recent past, the terrorists following the same Wahhabi teachings have destroyed various places of worship of both Muslims and non-Muslims. These include the shrines of Prophet Jonah, Prophet Daniel and Prophet Seth in Mosul. The same Wahhabi ideology has evolved into terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Taliban, Al Shabaab and several others around the world. (3 )
The basic theme of the protest is to unmask Wahhabi terrorism that is promoted, funded & propagated by Saudi Arabia. This protest historically has been aimed at condemning the Saudi destruction of heritage sites (both Islamic and non-Islamic) especially the cemetery of the Prophet Mohammad's family in Medina. However, this year we are asking our speakers to address topics that deal with other Saudi Human Rights violations and abuse of pilgrims (especially females) to the Saudi holy sites. We have requested the speakers to show that the predominant reason of Islamophobia is Wahhabi terrorism and yet President Trump is cozying up to the Saudis.
The usual demographics of the protest attendees are those who have been oppressed by Saudi Arabia. They are mainly from India, Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, etc. Last year Code Pink had joined us. This year we have expanded our outreach and are diligently working with Veterans For Peace, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 9/11 families, Black Lives Matter, members of academia and other civil liberties organizations to join and endorse this event. We expect to have a very diverse attendance.
Following are the primary demands that will be presented in a memorandum to the government of Saudi Arabia:
1. Stop sponsoring, supporting, aiding terrorist organizations.
2. Halt the destruction and instead rebuild heritage sites
3. Stop harassing pilgrims especially females at Jannat-ul-Baqee, etc.
Baqee Organization has launched a UN Advocacy campaign to expose international human rights violations and are holding Saudi Arabia accountable in United Nations under Universal Periodic Review, scheduled in June 2018. http://baqee.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/UN-Advocacy.pdf
Ali R. Moosvi, MD
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