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Newcastle fans urged to continue protesting by Saudi activist claiming supporters have been lied to

‘It’s their duty’: Saudi activist urges Newcastle fans to keep protesting against their owners, claiming fans have been lied to who owns the club

  • A Saudi activist has called on Newcastle fans to protest his property
  • She has told Newcastle fans that it is ‘her duty’ to use her voice in the Saudi regime
  • Lina al-Hathlou says Amanda Staveley lied about who owns the club

A Saudi Arabian activist whose sister was jailed and tortured for campaigning for women’s right to drive, urged Newcastle United fans to protest the brutality of the kingdom’s rulers.

“It is their duty,” says Lina al-Hathloul, who has lived in exile for 10 years in Belgium and says she has never felt less safe than now.

I would absolutely encourage Newcastle fans to investigate the scheme and realize that MBS [Saudi ruler, Mohammed bin Salman] controls your club.

“Otherwise, they are legitimizing a regime that has been absolutely toxic and has been barred from a lot of international engagement for years after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.”

Newcastle fans have been called upon to protest the brutality of the rulers of Saudi Arabia.

Newcastle fans have been called upon to protest the brutality of the rulers of Saudi Arabia.

Newcastle was sold to a consortium consisting of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman)

Newcastle was sold to a consortium consisting of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman)

Newcastle was sold to a consortium consisting of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media (pictured: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman)

Al-Hathloul says Newcastle’s hierarchy, including British businesswoman Amanda Staveley, have lied to fans about who actually controls the club.

She says it is obvious that control ultimately rests with MBS, accused of atrocities that include using a group of assassins known as the Tiger Squad to carry out extrajudicial executions of critics and enemies.

‘But they [Newcastle] they have been lying about the involvement of the PIF and MBS in the management of the PIF. They have lied and said that the Saudi kingdom is not linked to the PIF and that MBS has nothing to do with it.

‘Maybe that’s why the fans are now turning a blind eye and accepting the acquisition, because that’s the best solution for them, believing [lies]. If it was clear that MBS has taken over the club [himself], I don’t think the fans are that happy about it.

“Now it’s like everyone is trying to forget it and normalize relationships again. Newcastle was the great first step for MBS to return to the international arena and it is dangerous.

“So of course I encourage Newcastle fans to protest and point out the crimes they are committing.”

A Saudi activist says Amanda Staveley (right) has lied to fans about who really owns Newcastle

A Saudi activist says Amanda Staveley (right) has lied to fans about who really owns Newcastle

A Saudi activist says Amanda Staveley (right) has lied to fans about who really owns Newcastle

Al-Hathloul’s sister Loujain has been a women’s rights activist since 2014 and was jailed for driving a car before it was legalized in Saudi Arabia in 2018. While in prison, Lina says: ‘Loujain was beaten , electrocuted, submerged in water and forced-fed. She was sexually harassed and threatened with murder and rape. Because she’s an activist. ‘

Loujain was released from prison earlier this year, but is subject to strict rules that prevent her from traveling outside of Saudi Arabia and prohibit her from any activism or speaking about her situation.

“I used to feel safe, but now I feel like the Saudi regime’s efforts to silence dissidents and critics have never been so intense,” says Lina. “I have never felt so threatened as now. Not only on Twitter, but they have also attacked family and friends … my family also has a travel ban ”.

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