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Behind the Saudi Prince's freakish PR OFFENSIVE ahead of United Kingdom visit

10 March 2018

According to Downing Street, the meeting between the 32-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, better known as MBS, and May will tackle global challenges, such as terrorism, extremism, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen and other regional issues such as Iraq and Syria.

One Twitter user said the adverts have the look of a "low-budget lap dancing venue" and another pointed out that it was like arriving in the Saudi capital Riyadh when driving into London from Heathrow airport because of all the looming posters of the "great leader".

"Hands off Yemen" was the rallying cry, targeting Saudi Arabia's brutal bombardment and blockade on Yemen.

Protest group Stop the War will hold a rally outside Downing Street at 5.00pm (1700 GMT) on Wednesday to denounce Saudi Arabia's "brutal and illegal bombing" in Yemen and London's support for the Middle Eastern regime.

Garry, a 35-year-old teacher who declined to give his last name, agreed.

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Foreign policy issues, including Yemen and Iran, are expected to feature in the talks.

Labour MP Chris Williamson, who was in attendance at the protest, echoed the feelings of protesters during a speech.

James Jones, the producer and director of "Saudi Arabia Uncovered", said it felt like the UK Government was "getting away with moral double standards": "We are incredibly grateful to Stewart McDonald for hosting the screening of the film".

"It can not be right that her Government is colluding in what the United Nations says is evidence of war crimes".

Human rights charity Reprieve says the number of executions in Saudi Arabia has doubled since the crown prince took charge.

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"Saudi Arabia has witnessed a great development in the recent period". To date, more than 8,000 people have died. The United Kingdom is the third state dealing with Saudi Arabia, in addition to the United States and China. "Will you use your meeting today with the crown prince to halt the arms supplies and demand an immediate ceasefire in Yemen?"

However, activists have warned against interpreting these reforms as heralding new freedoms. The kingdom faces wide global criticism for its airstrikes killing civilians and striking markets, hospitals and other civilian targets.

This will also go beyond current trade relations with British non-oil exports to Saudi Arabia totalling 6.2 billion pounds in 2016 and imports from Saudi Arabia totalling 2.6 billion pounds.

Theresa May said she would address the humanitarian concern for Yemen, but said all arms sales were strictly regulated, explaining that Saudi Arabia's involvement in the conflict was backed by the UN Security Council and her government.

"When she meets the Crown Prince, Theresa May should urge him to commute the sentences of all child protesters facing execution".

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Behind the Saudi Prince's freakish PR OFFENSIVE ahead of United Kingdom visit