The Saudi Arabian government has banned on all marches and protests in the country. The country’s interior ministry said in a statement that security forces are “authorized by law to take all measures needed against those who try to break the law,” BBC reports. The announcement was made in the wake of several protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority in the eastern part of the country.

“Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins, as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society,” BBC quotes the statement, which was read on Saudi state television.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.