UPDATE:What Happened To The 3-11-11 Facebook "Day Of Rage"(Saudi Arabia)?
What Is The Significance Of 3-11-11?by: Michael D. Tobin
There are two reasons why March 11 is a very significant day for me: One is that March 11 is my birthday. But #2 is that that day will never be the same for me after March 11, 2004, concerning terrorist attacks in Spain. And Spain being the homeland of my ancestors on my Mom's Grandmother's side of my family.
So because of that infamous day in Spain, my birthday will never be the same. Although I am not mentally or emotionally affected by those events, I will, however, share Spains solemn rememberance of that day as a day that periodically throughout the rest of my life, will think about it many times; much the same as we remember past friends, loved-ones, and even our 9-11 day in our history, during our every day waking moments.
The Madrid train bombings consisted of a series of coordinated bombings against the Cercanías (commuter train) system of Madrid, Spain on the morning of 11 March 2004 (three days before Spain's general elections), killing 191 people and wounding 1,800 people. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Madrid_train_bombings )
Statements have been made comparing March 11, 2004 terrorist attack in Spain, to their version of the U.S.A.'s 9-11 attacks on Sep. 11, 2001. It's been said this 3-11 date will be in the minds of Spaniards forwever. Here in the U.S., already, Hollywood blockbuster hopefuls are already plastering the internet social and news sites, as well as billboards and tv adds with large, bold lettering, filling much of the screens and billboards with 3-11-11.
Some of the movies include, "Black Death", "Mars Needs Moms", and, "Battle: Los Angeles".
And now, for some reason March 11, 2011 (3-11-11) is set aside for this "Day of Rage" in Saudi Arabia, through Facebook; a day of protests.
Many would say that numbers have nothing to do with event planning, as I, myself, am not any kind of numerologist either. But most of us have already discovered how those of Middle Eastern decent and education, actually remember dates and events, and literally plan events based in rememberance of past key historical events, such as our 9-11-01.
In thinking somewhat strategically, if a group of persons, factions, or terrorists were to make something a surprise, logically, a certain day to pursue an event would not be publicized. But if one wants to use a reverse strategy type of tactic, perhaps they may in fact have a double action planned for that day as well.
It's better to err on the side of caution. ( Verb to err on the side of caution
1.(idiomatic) To act in the least risky manner in a situation where one is uncertain about the consequences.) http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/err_on_the_side_of_caution.
I will be praying and watching from now until the day after March 11, 2011, that anything significant that may be planned by our enemies will be unsuccessful. And if anything does succeed, God's will of justice will ultimately have it's say. And finally, may I have a happy birthday that day as well.
Michael D. Tobin
Hundreds back Facebook call for Saudi protest
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:28am GMT (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Stamp)
Print | Single Page[-] Text [+] * Demands for ruler and shura council to be elected * Campaign seeks minimum wage, more rights for women
* Not clear whether protests will materialise
DUBAI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have backed a Facebook campaign calling for a "day of rage" across Saudi Arabia next month to demand an elected ruler, greater freedom for women and release of political prisoners.
The page called for a "revolution of yearning" on March 11 in the kingdom, the world's biggest oil exporter and which is ruled by an absolute monarchy.
More than 460 people had endorsed the page by Wednesday morning, but it was impossible to verify how many of them were inside Saudi Arabia or whether any protest would materialise.
Arab uprisings which overthrew leaders in Tunisia and Egypt were mobilised by youths using social media, but activists in Saudi Arabia say a recent Internet call for a demonstration in Riyadh failed to bring anyone onto the streets.
A protest last month in Jeddah after floods swept through Saudi Arabia's second-biggest city was quickly broken up.
The demands included "that the ruler and members of the Shura (Consultative) Council be elected by the people" as well as calls for an independent judiciary, release of political prisoners and the right of freedom of expression and assembly.
They also sought a minimum wage of 10,000 riyals ($2,700), greater employment opportunities, establishing a watchdog to eliminate corruption and cancellation of "unjustified taxes and fees".
Other requests included rebuilding the armed forces, reforming Saudi Arabia's powerful and conservative Sunni Muslim clerics, and "the abolition of all illegal restrictions on women" in the kingdom.
Despite its oil wealth, Saudi Arabia is grappling with unemployment that hit 10.5 percent in 2009. It offers its 18 million nationals social benefits but they are considered less generous than those provided by other Gulf Arab oil producers.
Saudi state television said King Abdullah, returning home on Wednesday after months of absence for medical treatment, would grant benefits to Saudis worth billions of riyals.
The measures did not include political reforms in the absolute monarchy such as fresh municipal elections demanded by liberals or opposition groups. The kingdom has no elected parliament and does not tolerate public dissent. (Reporting by Dominic Evans; Editing by David Stamp)
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