Saudi Arabia arrests 24 for stirring divisions

Riyadh: The Interior Ministry’s security spokesman in Saudi Arabia said that 24 people involved in incitement and promotion of rumours in a social case in Hail have been arrested.

The spokesman said that the competent authorities, while carrying out legal procedures in a social case in Hail region, noticed that some of those who were connected to its parties were exploiting social networking sites to promote lies and exaggerations about their circumstances.

Their aim was to provoke sedition and tribal tensions and push ordinary people to commit misdeeds and affect legal proceedings, leading some of them to stand in an illegal manner in front of the headquarters of the governorate of the region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The security authorities were able to identify and arrest the main elements involved in incitement, provocation, rumours and exaggerations, including the person who created a hashtag on one of the social networking sites for that purpose.

All facts about their roles and objectives are being investigated. The authorities will also arrest anyone found to be involved in their activities in any way.

The Ministry of Interior said that it will firmly deal with such malpractices, the spread of lies and breaches of the security and safety of society. It warned that it will punish all those who seek to disrupt security and stability.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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