More than one million residents of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have been forcibly evicted from their homes by Saudi royals.
Prime Minister Salman, son of Saudi Arabia’s King, announced the “Jeddah Central” development initiative in December 2021, green lighting his bulldozing extravaganza.
Making way for upscale hotels, an aquarium, and other flashy entertainment venues, over 4,000 kilometers of residential neighborhoods were bulldozed between October 2021 and May 2022. To date, demolitions have reportedly taken place in over 60 residential areas with no end in sight.
The Saudi government is projected to spend $20 billion on the ambitious, high-end development Jeddah Central Project while allocating very little to compensate 1.5 million Saudis who will lose homes and livelihoods to demolitions. Read DAWN's new report: https://t.co/GLHvMlyT8q
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Even though Jeddah Central is expected to have a price tag exceeding $20 billion, several victims of the project claim they were unfairly compensated by the government for their stolen abodes.
Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) states that Jeddah Central is in violation of international law. The project is “incompatible with internationally recognized legal principles to guarantee and protect the population’s rights,” the U.S.-based rights group told PressTV.
Salman and his son appear to be sending a message to anyone brave enough to defy.
Earlier this month, the Saudi courts sentenced three tribesmen to death for their outspoken, highly public opposition to project Neom.
Launched in 2017, Neom is a $500 billion dollar “megacity” intended to serve as a technologically innovative tourist attraction. As the demolitions rage on, Saudi leaders are showing the masses what happens to those who refuse to shut up.
The idea of Neom was created by none other than Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who, among other things, claims the futuristic city will make Saudi Arabia less dependent on oil.
Neom, which will include an airport and high speed train, is being funded almost completely by foreign investors.