Saudi Arabia: 11 Princes protest against austerity measures, detained
07 January, 2018, 11:59
A kingpin of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Saudi Arabia is also leading members and other rival oil producers such as Russian Federation to restrict oil supplies under a global oil pact to drain inventories and boost oil prices.
Sabq reports the princes were demanding financial compensation from a judgment involving one of their cousins and demanding the reversal of a decision to suspend payments for royals' water and electricity bills.
"Despite being informed that their demands are not lawful, the 11 princes refused to leave the area, disrupting public peace and order".
Currently, the Saudi government is introducing major economic changes to reduce its dependence on oil revenues. "Members of a security services stepped in to restore order and the princes were arrested", the public prosecutor's statement said, without identifying the princes.
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a cabinet meeting as Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approves 2018 budget, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 19, 2017.
The statement said the measures were based on "information provided by" Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king's powerful son who has steadily consolidated his grip on power since his shock appointment as heir to the throne in June.
Dozens of prices, high officials and senior businessmen were rounded up in November in a crackdown on graft that has boosted Prince Mohammed's power.
Most of those detained were held at the palatial Ritz- Carlton hotel in Riyadh, which has turned into a luxury prison.
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