‘The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit is insulting!’
By Nsikan Ikpe
Tunisians have taken to the streets in protests against a planned visit by the Saudi crown prince who is at the centre of the criminal extermination of journalist, Jamal Kashogg.
The protests which are being spearheaded by unions and civil society groups have been called on the heels of the planned visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is being alleged as being the official mastermind of the killing of kashoggi.
it will be recalled that on October 2 this year, the well-known journalist and long-time critic of the Saudi government was murdered in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
Explaining the trip, the Tunisian presidency said the prince will visit for several hours on Tuesday as part of a regional tour which includes the United Arab Emirates, UAE and Bahrain.
However, incensed groups have described the visit as insensitive even as a protest banner at the journalists’ union displayed the wordings: “No to the desecration of Tunisia, country of the revolution”.
In an accompanying open letter to the Tunisian presidency, the journalists’ union said the prince’s visit would be “a flagrant violation of the principles of our revolution”.
The reference to revolution is clearly Tunisia’s 2011 uprising which resulted in the deposition of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and went further to trigger the historic Arab Spring that engulfed almost all of the region.