In conjunction with the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the establishment of the National Rally Party, which opposes the rule of the House of Saud, was announced, “after the political horizon was blocked, the practice of violence and repression, the increase in political arrests and assassinations, the escalation of aggressive policies against the countries of the region, the practices of disappearance and forced displacement, and the absence of an independent judiciary role And the monopoly of power to the media and suppress public opinion, “says one of the party’s founders, Omar Al-Zahrani, who is a Canadian-based dissident.
The announcement was made through visual communication technology, due to the presence of the founding members in several countries around the world, while the list of signatories to the statement included well-known opposition figures such as Madawi Al-Rasheed, Ahmed Al-Mushaikhs, Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Yahya Asiri, Abdullah Al-Awda and Omar Al-Zahrani.
The founding statement was based on the recommendations of the Diaspora Conference that has been held for three years at the London Divan, a center that includes Saudi dissidents and activists, and the party’s curators have also established an account on Twitter that promotes its goals and principles.
In an interview with BBC News Arabic, Madawi Al-Rasheed, a founding member of the National Rally Party, said, “The party is a mirror of what the Saudi society cannot do in the Saudi interior.” Bearing in mind that “any contact with the outside world for political reasons is punishable by law in Saudi Arabia with imprisonment or execution.” She explained, “We cannot announce their names because that will cause them many problems.”
Al-Rasheed, who lives in London, denied that the National Rally Party had any contact with any government such as Iran, Qatar, Turkey or even the West, noting that until this moment they had no funding and were working as volunteers.
She explained that the party has documentation of human rights violations inside Saudi Arabia, and one of its founders, Yahya Asiri, has relations thanks to the “Qass” human rights association that he heads with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Organization for Human Rights in Berlin, which provides his association with information and documents.
She said, “We are not concerned with the personal scandals that happen in Saudi Arabia unless they aim to educate Saudis about what the Saudi regime is doing behind the scenes.”
This announcement comes as a precedent in the Saudi scene, which was always satisfied with individual dissenting voices before the scene changed and some of those voices became under one umbrella, and on this topic BBC Arabic News asked the retired Brigadier General, Hassan Zafer al-Shehri, a Saudi military and strategic expert, an institutional description The National Rally Party is “traitors, mercenaries and agents who chose the Saudi National Day to announce their party,” considering that they are trying to “disrupt the implementation of the agendas of what it called” dark forces, enemies of coexistence, and spreaders of hate, sectarianism and terrorism. “
Al-Shehri said: “When Saudi Arabia celebrated its national day, Arabs and the world celebrated with it with it, and everyone who works for coexistence and peace in the world, with regret that we see such” discordant “voices that gather outside the country to implement agendas that we know who is behind them, but there is no weight or no They are valued, and the Saudis view them as a “herd of mercenaries and spies,” as he put it.
Al-Shehri added that the doors and courts of Saudi Arabia are open and do not close in the face of anyone, considering that whoever went outside the borders of the Kingdom is an agent, otherwise why would he leave the Kingdom?
The retired brigadier general added to BBC Arabic, that Saudi Arabia is moving steadily forward towards remarkable development in an atmosphere of political and security stability.
According to the information, the curators of the National Rally Party are in the process of registering it as a charitable organization in Britain, as it will announce later on the membership mechanism that will be available to everyone whose principles are compatible with the party’s principles, regardless of their intellectual, sectarian or tribal affiliations.
The curators of the National Rally Party affirm that they are working according to two strategies: the first is to direct the discourse within Saudi Arabia, and the second is to direct the discourse to international public opinion without that means relying on their governments, considering that these governments have a long history of “supporting dictatorships in the Arab world,” according to their description.