With a 10 percent rate of unemployment among his subjects and fear of the unrest that this could unleash, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia decreed an increase in aid to the unemployed, an increase in the salaries of government employees, an increase in aid to students, an increase in funds for schools, an improvement in health care, aid to people who get married, aid to people who buy homes, and investments in infrastructure.
Here we turn against each other. There they unite against their king instead. Enough democracy already, let’s have a king we can depose instead.
New York Times:
Even before King Abdullah landed in Riyadh, the capital, the Saudi government announced that it would pour billions of dollars into a fund to help its citizens marry, buy homes and start their own businesses, the government announced. Reuters said the package was estimated at $37 billion.
King Hamad had already tried his own payout—offering $2,650 to every Bahraini family in the days before large protests broke out more than a week ago—but the economic concession was not enough to stem the tide of opposition from the country’s Shiite majority. Sunnis, the majority in Saudi Arabia, also form the ruling class in Bahrain, where Sunnis are a minority.