Hundreds of Tunisians take to the streets against Saudi crown prince

Geneva Stokes
November 28, 2018

At the presidential airport, he was received by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other senior officials.

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Essebsi explained that the founding king advised the late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba to adopt the politics of stages, which is the policy now pursued by Tunisia at present.

On his tour's first stop, in the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi prince was embraced on the tarmac by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, a close ally.

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The journalists' union has hung a banner on its building showing an image of the crown prince holding a bone saw and reading "no to the desecration of Tunisia".

"But even a small risk of a messy dispute in the Argentinian courts could overshadow a trip previously seen as a chance for the prince to show he remained welcome among world leaders even after the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that he had authorized the killing of Khashoggi", the Herald added, noting that MBS' post-Khashoggi charm offensive has been going fairly well thus far.

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It's far from clear whether a complaint lodged by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch against the crown prince will lead to an arrest, but just the specter of legal action is an embarrassment for the Saudi leader.

Tunisia is one of the few Arab states where demonstrations are allowed, following a 2011 uprising that toppled veteran ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and ushered in freedom of speech and the press.

A day earlier, about 200 protesters gathered in the same spot to say the crown prince wasn't welcome in this North African nation. It will not hold a news conference, a usual event at top visits.

"The king reiterated Bahrain's complete rejection of attempts targeting Saudi Arabia", said a statement carried by BNA on Monday.

Saudi Arabia's plans to build a nuclear power plant will speed up the Kingdom's economic development as it would diversify its over-reliance on crude oil, a Saudi energy expert told Sputnik in an interview on Tuesday.

Charges would allegedly revolve around Saudi Arabia's prosecution of the war in Yemen and the government's treatment of individual Saudi citizens, prominently including Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, murdered by Saudi agents at the consulate in Istanbul last month.

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