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November 11, 2013

Ethiopians say: #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

Twitter users strike back online after police clashes with migrants.

Foreign workers leave the Manfuhah neighbourhood of the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 10, 2013, after two people were killed in clashes between Saudi and other foreign residents the previous day, according to the Saudi police. AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE

Ethiopians online are condemning Saudi Arabia's crackdown on migrant workers after clashes between Saudi police and foreigners in southern Riyadh left at least two dead and many more injured. Police identified one of the dead as a Saudi national and did not identify the other victim. An Ethiopian man was killed in a separate visa raid the previous week.

The clashes come during a visa crackdown on undocumented workers intended to reduce illegal sources of cheap labour and provide more jobs for Saudi nationals. Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers departed Saudi Arabia in the last seven months, during which they were required to resolve their visa status without penalty or leave the country. Police have arrested thousands since the amnesty period expired on November 4. 
The video below appears to show the clashes in the Manfuhah neighbourhood, with men in plain clothes beating and arresting others. The Stream cannot independently verify this video.