Saudi university graduates, teachers hold small protests

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Unemployed university graduates and teachers demanding better pay held protests on Sunday (April 10th) in Jeddah and Riyadh as the kingdom launched a new programme to create jobs, Arab News reported.

While protests in Saudi Arabia are banned, an estimated 20 people gathered in front of the education ministry offices in both cities. The small demonstrations broke up after ministry officials promised to deal with their demands.

King Abdullah recently announced a multi-billion dollar reform package that includes scholarships for students and measures to combat unemployment and create jobs.

Unemployment was 10% in the kingdom in 2010, according to government figures. Protesters said there are an estimated 10,000 unemployed Arabic teachers.

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