"Indeed, many Saudis must find it contradictory for their media to hail Iranians protesting price increases in Iran, while Saudis are banned from protesting the approximately doubled cost of fuel and the introduction of a sales tax for the first time in the country (which took effect Jan.1 ). Just last week, Salih Shehi, a prominent columnist, was arrested for appearing on TV and defending the people’s right to object."


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