The cold reception of the crown prince featured a huge banner over the Tunisian journalists’ union building depicting the prince carrying a chainsaw – a reference to his alleged involvement in Khashoggi’s gruesome murder and dismemberment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Over 200 protesters gathered in the city centre on Monday night the day before scheduled talks with the Tunisian president, Beji Caid Essebsi and on Tuesday, hundreds more demonstrators carried placards reading “No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia” and “The murderer is not welcome”, in marches organised by youth and rights groups.
Soukaina Abdessamad, Secretary General of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists said a country like Tunisia striving towards democracy, it is unacceptable to receive a “dubious Crown Prince”.
“It is a danger to democratic transition. Because in a country like Tunisia, which wants to, which is moving towards democracy, which wants to build a democratic society. We cannot accept to receive or welcome a dubious Crown Prince.”
Prince Mohammed’s visit, which is part of a tour to several Arab countries, marks the first time a member of the Saudi royal family has visited Tunisia in 7 years.