Fucking hell. The Saudis are digging in.
Saudi Arabia has expressed “surprise and dismay” at international media reports criticising the flogging of a Saudi blogger for insulting Islam.
In its first official statement on the case the foreign ministry said it rejected any interference in its internal affairs.
The foreign ministry said it could not accept any impingement on the country’s sovereignty, or on the impartiality of its judiciary system.
“The kingdom unequivocally rejects any aggression under the pretext of human rights,” it added.
It’s not a pretext, you callous piece of shit.
Germany’s economic affairs minister and vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, currently on a visit to Saudi Arabia, was urged by MPs and human rights organisations to take up Mr Badawi’s case while in Riyadh.
Before going into a meeting with King Salman, Mr Gabriel said “the harshness of this sentence, especially the corporal punishment, is something unimaginable for us and of course it weighs on our relations”.
That, yes, but so does the complete lack of anything resembling a crime. The criminalization of a perfectly reasonable and legitimate view on religion is abhorrent.
Saudi Arabia enforces a strict version of Islamic law and does not tolerate political dissent. It has some of the highest social media usage rates in the region, and has cracked down on domestic online criticism.
Saudi Arabia is a fascist theocracy. It’s hell on earth. Let’s not mince words.