Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Crown Prince Consolidates Power

14 Sep 2017   Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is stamping out traces of internal dissent in a far-reaching campaign targeting influential clerics, liberal thinkers and even princes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moves to consolidate power ahead of his expected accession to the throne. In the past week, Saudi authorities have detained more than 30 people, roughly half of them clerics, according to activists and people close to those who have been detained. The campaign goes beyond many of the government’s past clampdowns, both in the scope of those targeted and the intense monitoring of social media posts by prominent figures. It is not known if any charges have been filed. “This is unlike anything Saudis have experienced before,” says Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi political commentator who left the kingdom recently and now lives in self-imposed exile in […]

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