Oct 02, 2020
Human rights activists launched a guerrilla protest on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, projecting the slain Saudi's image on the Saudi Arabian Embassy and other prominent buildings in Washington, D.C. and other cities.
Freedom First, a campaign in partnership with Amnesty International and the Freedom Initiative, said Friday's demonstration was meant "to draw attention to the individuals unfairly detained, prosecuted, and tortured under the leadership of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman."
\u201cLast night, our campaign projected Jamal Khashoggi\u2019s image on the @SaudiEmbassyUSA as a reminder that we have not forgotten.\n\nJamal, MbS tried to silence you but today, we remind the world that your words continue to illuminate the path for freedom for us #FreedomFirst\u201d— Freedom First (@Freedom First) 1601648761
In addition to the nation's capital, activists projected Khashoggi's image on buildings and landmarks in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.
"Even when the lights go out and the cameras turn to the next big story, we'll still be here, working tirelessly to get justice for our friend, Jamal," said Mohamed Soltan from the Freedom Initiative in a statement. "[We'll] make sure that the horrendous crime of his assassination doesn't pass with impunity."
Others took to social media to remember the murdered journalist:
\u201cTwo years ago today, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi crown prince's direction. He deserves justice.\n\nDemocracy activists face enormous challenges in Saudi Arabia and across the region. We honor him by defending their rights and supporting their work.\u201d— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1601675837
\u201cTwo years ago today, Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. \n\nIt's still not easy for me to write about Jamal, but I had some thoughts about how the fight for justice is being taken to U.S. courts. \n\nhttps://t.co/CqZk1fmNDL\u201d— Karen Attiah ON MASTODON @firstname.lastname@example.org (@Karen Attiah ON MASTODON @email@example.com) 1601646428
Philippe Nassif from Amnesty International USA vowed that "on the anniversary of your assassination, we promise you, Jamal, to always tell your story and to fight tirelessly until justice and truth are served. Rest in peace."
Along with the projections, the activists urged people to take the Freedom Pledge, "vowing their dedication to spread awareness of universal human rights and to challenge governments who silence the truth."
\u201cJamal Khashoggi was murdered 2 years ago because he believed in the freedom of expression. We honor his legacy by expressing those same freedoms. Honor him and take the Freedom Pledge at https://t.co/8CYNMzk5LG. #FreedomFirst\u201d— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo) 1601665201
\u201cToday, two years on, in front of #SaudiArabia\u2019s Embassy in Oslo we keep demanding justice for the murdered Saudi journalist #Jamal_Khashoggi. #MBS, please respect the right to life and freedom of expression of all Saudi citizen! @ksaembassyosl\u201d— Amnesty Norge (@Amnesty Norge) 1601646357
The CIA and other intelligence and government agencies around the world concluded that bin Salman personally ordered Saudi agents to kidnap, assassinate, and dismember Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018. Despite this, and despite having one of the world's worst overall human rights records, the U.S. remains a steadfast ally of the theocratic monarchy that rules Saudi Arabia with an iron fist.
Last year, President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have ended U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. More recently, the administration drew bipartisan pushback for its plan to sell more than $8 billion worth of American arms to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan.
\u201c\u201cI saved his ass,\u201d bragged Trump, referring to his Saudi sweetie MBS after Jamal Khashoggi\u2019s assassination. Trump and MBS surely will take pride in big billboards like these going up all over America. Here\u2019s one on the side of a San Francisco building. @freedomfirst @thefreedomi\u201d— Eason Jordan (@Eason Jordan) 1601516301
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