11 Saudi Arabian princes arrested over protest



    King Salman of Saudi Arabia
    King Salman of Saudi Arabia: 11 princes arrested for protesting austerity measures

    The royal crackdown continues in Saudi Arabia as 11 princes have been arrested at this time for daring to protest the withdrawal of some indulgences.

    The arrested princes had gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a uncommon protest towards austerity measures that included suspending fee of their utility payments, Saudi media reported on Saturday.

    Saudi Arabia, the world’s prime oil exporter, has launched reforms that included chopping subsidies, introducing worth added tax (VAT) and chopping perks to royal members of the family to attempt to deal with a drop in crude costs that has brought on a finances deficit estimated at 195 billion riyals in 2018.

    Online information web site sabq.org mentioned the princes had gathered on the Qasr a-Hokm, a historic royal palace, demanding the cancellation of a royal decree that stopped state fee of water and electrical energy payments for royal members of the family.

    They have been additionally demanding compensation for a demise sentence issued towards a relative, Sabq.org mentioned.

    “They were informed of the error of their demands, but they refused to leave Qasr al-Hokm,” Sabq mentioned, quoting unidentified sources.

    “A royal order was issued to the royal guards … to intervene and they were detained and put into al-Hayer prison in preparation to put them on trial.”

    It gave no particulars on the id of the princes however mentioned the chief of the group had been recognized by the initials S.A.S.

    “Everybody is equal before the law and anyone who does not implement regulations and instructions will be held accountable, no matter who he is,” the web site added.

    Arabic-language Okaz every day carried an identical report. Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the report.

    Saudi Arabia final 12 months rounded up dozens of royal members of the family, present and former senior officers in a crackdown on corruption that has additionally strengthened the ability of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    They have been held on the five-star Ritz Hotel within the capital Riyadh whereas authorities officers negotiated monetary settlements.