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UK: £1m Saudi ad onslaught to promote Crown Prince causes stir in London03:12

UK: £1m Saudi ad onslaught to promote Crown Prince causes stir in London

United Kingdom, London
March 7, 2018 at 18:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

An advertising campaign to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London hit the streets of the English capital on Wednesday.

Images of the Prince’s face adorned the sides of black cabs, double-decker buses and billboards throughout the city centre under the hashtag '#ANewSaudiArabia', sparking controversy with locals.

The advertising space is said to have cost up to £1m (€1.12m) and has caused a furore over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

“It's the kind of horrible propaganda that we're becoming, unfortunately, very used to seeing on British streets. That isn't convincing anyone in the UK,” said Linden Peters, a protester. “We're supposed to be a democratic society and it flies in the face of everything we stand for as Britons."

Protests, which included London buses with adverts dubbing the Prince a 'war criminal', broke out in response to the visit.

The 32-year-old Prince was welcomed to lunch with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May over joint counter-terror operations.

UK: £1m Saudi ad onslaught to promote Crown Prince causes stir in London03:12
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An advertising campaign to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London hit the streets of the English capital on Wednesday.

Images of the Prince’s face adorned the sides of black cabs, double-decker buses and billboards throughout the city centre under the hashtag '#ANewSaudiArabia', sparking controversy with locals.

The advertising space is said to have cost up to £1m (€1.12m) and has caused a furore over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

“It's the kind of horrible propaganda that we're becoming, unfortunately, very used to seeing on British streets. That isn't convincing anyone in the UK,” said Linden Peters, a protester. “We're supposed to be a democratic society and it flies in the face of everything we stand for as Britons."

Protests, which included London buses with adverts dubbing the Prince a 'war criminal', broke out in response to the visit.

The 32-year-old Prince was welcomed to lunch with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May over joint counter-terror operations.

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