Has Mohammed Ben Salmane (MBS) hit again? Eight writers and bloggers have been arrested in Saudi Arabia. Among them, two American-Saudis. They are the writer and doctor Bader al-Ibrahim and activist Salah al-Haidar.
A new crackdown comes months after the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country’s consulate in Istanbul. A murder allegedly sponsored by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
The arrests were announced on Friday by human rights organizations, including “Prisoners of Conscience”. According to this organization, 10 people were arrested and not eight. Information that has not yet been confirmed by the authorities of the Wahhabi Kingdom.
For Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East director, “Saudi authorities seem desperate to silence anyone who dares to speak or even express their views privately or publicly.”
She adds: “This goes beyond attacking only activists and now seems to target different segments of society. It’s a very dangerous pattern.”