Protesters came out in several towns and villages in the east, including the towns of Qatif and Awamiyahm, on Friday, demanding for liberty and equality.

On Thursday, Saudi forces shot and killed a 22-year-old anti regime protester, Esam Mohamed during a demonstration in the town of Awamiyah.

There have been demonstrations in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on an almost daily basis over the past few months, with protesters calling for political reform.

Anti-government protests have intensified since November, when security forces opened fire on protesters in Qatif, killing five people and leaving many more injured.

Activists say there are over 30,000 political prisoners in Saudi Arabia