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.
Join us Wednesday at 6:30pm outside the Saudi embassy in DC for a vigil marking the 1-year anniversary of Khashoggi’s murder@RSF_inter @RSF_en @PressClubDC @JamesFoleyFund @PressClubDC @article19org @ADHRB @WinWithoutWar @amnesty @amnestyusa @NPCPresident https://t.co/mEpHIibTrz pic.twitter.com/HRZAPo8wsr
— Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) October 1, 2019
Demonstrators with Amnesty International also dressed as crime scene investigators Wednesday for a gathering outside the Saudi Embassy in Oslo, Norway.
1 year since the killing of #JamalKhashoggi the truth about his execution still is unknown. Today we dressed up as crime scene investigators looking for evidence in front of the embassy of #SaudiArabia in Oslo, @ksaembassyosl. Who ordered the killing, #MBS and @KingSalman? pic.twitter.com/8OErLrZiQF
— Amnesty Norge (@Amnesty_Norge) October 2, 2019
In Sydney, Australia, protesters held a similar vigil outside the Saudi Consulate on Wednesday.
GIDHR & group of #Saudi activists & Aus HR orgs participated in a vigil in front of the Saudi Consulate in Sydney calling to hold #Khashoggi‘s murderers accountable #KhashoggiMurder pic.twitter.com/pXQJFxaVOi
— Yahya Alhadid (@YahyaAlhadid) October 2, 2019
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.
— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 2, 2019
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.