Protesters assemble at Saudi missions to mark anniversary of Khashoggi death

Demonstrators are assembling at Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions around the world this week to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, for example, said that it would hold a vigil outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening. 

Demonstrators with Amnesty International also dressed as  crime scene investigators Wednesday for a gathering outside the Saudi Embassy in Oslo, Norway. 

In Sydney, Australia, protesters held a similar vigil outside the Saudi Consulate on Wednesday.  

And activists from Reporters without Borders, known by its French initials RSF, put dismembered mannequins wearing “press” armbands outside the Saudi consulate in Paris on Tuesday, the group said in a statement.  

RSF, also reportedly projected messages on the Newseum in protest on Monday. The National Press Club additionally held a moment of silence to honor Khashoggi. 

Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2, 2018, by Saudi operatives after going inside the country’s Istanbul consulate. The Saudi government first said it was not aware of the murder but later said he was killed by rogue officials. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a recent interview that he gets “all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch.”

Bin Salman has denied having a role in the killing, and Riyadh has reportedly put 11 people on trial for the crime in nonpublic proceedings.

A United Nations probe found there was “credible evidence” supporting Saudi Arabia’s responsibility for the “deliberate, premeditated execution” of Khashoggi, who had written critically about the crown prince.

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