Dec 03, 2018 15:16 Asia/Tehran
  • Protests lead to cancellation of Bin Salman's press conference

The protests against Saudi Crown Prince led to cancellation of his news conference in Algeria on Monday.

Africa: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's news conference has been reportedly cancelled in Algeria, Iran Press news agency reports. Furthermore; the journalists were also taken to the place where a conference on the merchants were supposed to be held.

Saudi Crown Prince arrived in Algiers on Sunday, from Mauritania, resuming a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina.

It will give "new impetus to bilateral cooperation (and) the realization of partnerships and investment projects", the Algerian presidential statement said, Reuters reported.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Tunisia on Tuesday November 28, and met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis, but the Prince had to leave the country as soon as possible without participating in a press conference amid on-going protests against him.

Prince Mohammed attended the G20 summit in Argentina this week amid controversy surrounding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on 2 October.

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince planned visit to Algeria has also sparked an outcry from journalists, politicians and intellectuals, including Secretary General of the leftist Workers' Party Louisa Hanoun who called in a "provocation". 

Abderrazak Makri, head of the Islamist Movement of Society for Peace, told reporters the Crown Prince's visit "does not serve Algeria's image nor its reputation". 

"He is responsible for the death of a large number of children and civilians in Yemen, the jailing of many Saudi citizens who did not commit a crime, and lastly, the crime against Jamal Khashoggi," he said. Saudi Crown Prince faced protests in Mauritania as well. 

The participants of protests in Mauritania chanted slogans describing the Saudi Crown Prince as a murderer,accusing him of assassinating journalist Jamal Khashoggi and killing Yemen's children.

As a matter of fact, Dozens of  rights activists and journalists in Egypt,Tunisia, Moracco , Mauritania and Algeria have staged protests against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Seventeen prominent Algerian journalists and intellectuals sharply criticized the Saudi leader, according to a statement seen by AFP. "The world is certain that he ordered a terrible crime against the journalist Jamal Khashoggi," they wrote.

Among the signatories were writer and journalist Kamel Daoud and prominent novelist Rachid Boudjedra. 105/203


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