Saudi arrests 11 princes over anti-austerity protest

 

Saudi arrests 11 princes over anti-austerity protest

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has introduced a string of austerity measures over the past two years to boost revenues.

By AFP

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Published: Mon 8 Jan 2018, 4:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 9 Jan 2018, 10:01 AM

Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes who protested against the kingdom's austerity measures and who could face trial, a news website close to the government reported on Saturday.
Sabq said the princes, who were not named, were protesting at a historical Riyadh royal palace.
The princes were transferred to the high-security Ha'ir prison in the capital "ahead of their trial", Sabq said.
It said the princes "were informed of the error of their demands but they refused to leave Qasr al-Hokm", prompting the royal guards to intervene and arrest them.
Saudi Arabia has introduced a string of austerity measures over the past two years to boost revenues.
King Salman on Saturday announced a boost in stipends and tax relief for Saudi citizens, particularly those employed in the military or public sector.
 


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