Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is going to visit UK on Wednesday. He will also meet the Queen, the PM & other authorities. But what is interesting is the advertising campaign promoting welcoming the prince among the people.
I just arrived in London and was greeted by these billboards plastered with the image of the Saudi Crown Prince. Seriously? pic.twitter.com/ZjE74ea1eG
— Bambang Kajairi (@BambangKajairi) March 7, 2018
You can see the advertising in social media, newspapers, mobiles, and billboards across the London which left the people surprised. It has been only six month that the prince inherited his job from 82-year-old King Salman. What distinguishes him from the previous king is the reforms he brought to Saudi Arabia.
To name a few, women of his country can now drive, join the army, and go to cinema in the Islamic nation. However, a mass protest and demonstration has been predicted to occur in London on his entrance. According to the critics, people won’t forget the prince’s participation massive massacre in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians, and blocking the borders which led to outbreak of Cholera affecting 31,421 of Yemenis so far.
Seems to be a number of propaganda trucks driving around London as well to help us ‘welcome’ him pic.twitter.com/aqfsBcCKVk
— Jack Stewart (@jjstewart457) March 6, 2018
Over 9,000 people have been killed in Yemen, according to the statistics given by UN. More than 52,000 have also been injured in the war began in March 2015. To make it worse, more than 22 million of Yemenis need help. According to the activists, UK sold aircraft, helicopters, drones, and weapons worth £4.6 billion (US$6.4 billion).
Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said that she would tell the Saudi Arabian government that “the bombing has to stop”. “The first thing I would do is say our relationship with you is important and we should be friends… [but] you’re going too far [with the war in Yemen],” Thornberry said. “The bombing has to stop, and there needs to be an inquiry into breaches of international law.”
Three billboards on trucks welcoming Mohammed bin Salman to London were spotted driving around the city ahead of the crown prince’s UK visit tomorrow. One of them stopped in front of the Qatari embassy. Pure coincidence, said the driver, who didn’t know who paid for the ads. pic.twitter.com/9nQ0XEYFAh
— Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) March 6, 2018
UK’s rolling out the red carpet for the crown prince means ignoring what Saudi Arabia did in Yemen and other Middle East countries, which made the Britons angry. However, the UK’s government and authorities persist on making this relationship firm.