SAUDI STUDENTS IN US COMPLAIN OF THREATS, INTIMIDATION BY MBS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SAUDI STUDENTS IN US COMPLAIN OF THREATS, INTIMIDATION BY MBS

All the students interviewed for the story said that the government under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known also as MBS, makes a point of ensuring that students studying abroad under the kingdom’s scholarship programme know that they are being watched.

As many as 60,000 Saudi students are said to be currently studying in the US and nearly 40,000 have scholarships from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education that provide full tuition, health insurance and a monthly stipend.

Spying on students, which is said to have increased under MBS, is said to be having a chilling effect. “Every Saudi student in the US is too scared to have an opinion, even in our own hangouts. No one can criticize the government … and there’s no second chance. If they take away your scholarship, that’s it,” said Abdulrahman Al-Mutairy, an outspoken student at the University of San Diego.

Al-Mutairy said he learned first-hand the consequences of criticising the kingdom after he began speaking out against the Saudi religious establishment on social media last August. He was told to stop talking, or everything he received through scholarship programme would be taken away. He said he was instructed over the phone by a Cultural Mission official to sign the letter by the following or his scholarship would be revoked, and all of his benefits would be put on hold.

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This is, of course, perfectly expectable behaviour from the Butcher of Yemen and his minions.

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