Saudi arrests 32 people for building on government land

Saudi arrests 32 people for building on government land
Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency said 32 were arrested.
Published: 28 March 2018 - 1:57 a.m.
By: Oscar Rousseau

Up to 32 Saudi nationals have been arrested for an illegal protest in front of the Taif governorate office over plans to dismantle rest homes built on government land.

A protest was held outside the Taif governorate office to voice opposition to a municipality committee decision to tear down rest houses that had been built on government land, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

A spokesman for Ministry of Interior said in a statement that security officials ordered the arrests of 32 protesters under grounds that they had violated regulations that ban the use of government land plots without permission.

Protesters allegedly did not obey official orders to remove an unknown number of rest homes that had been erected. And a gracing period to dismantle the homes was also ignored, according to SPA. Instead of taking down the rest homes as per the government request, an “illegal gathering” to protest the decision was held in Taif, western Saudi Arabia, which is around 200km from Jeddah.

SPA reported that security authorities arrested the leaders of the protest, all of whom were handed over to the Public Prosecution for legal processing.


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