Saudi Teachers Stage Rare Protest to Demand Jobs

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Two hundred teachers have rallied in the Saudi capital, calling on the government to give them jobs.

It is rare for Saudis to stage any kind of demonstration in this deeply conservative society.

The demonstrators, mainly Arabic language teachers, crowded inside the Ministry of Education building Sunday and demanded a meeting with the minister.

Police were summoned to control the situation.

The teachers said some of them graduated ten years ago but were still not employed.

The Ministry of Civil Service says there are more graduates available than jobs.

According to the Saudi government, unemployment in the country of 27 million has reached 10.5 per cent. Forty-four percent of those jobless have university degrees.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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