A view of the Saudi capital Riyadh

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The protest befell within the Saudi capital Riyadh, native media reported

Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes for holding a protest in opposition to the federal government’s austerity measures, native media report.

The group have been angered by the federal government’s choice to cease paying the water and vitality payments of royals, based on the Sabq web site.

Saudi officers are but to touch upon the information.

The federal government is at the moment trying a significant financial overhaul to scale back its dependence on oil revenues.

Public spending has been focused, together with the lifting of some authorities subsidies.

The dominion has roughly doubled home petrol costs and launched a 5% tax on most items and providers, together with meals and utility payments.

The princes, who haven’t been named, protested outdoors a royal palace in Riyadh, Sabq reported.

The web site additionally stated they needed compensation after certainly one of their cousins was handed the loss of life sentence for an unspecified crime. They’re now awaiting trial, Sabq added.

One other Arabic-language web site, Okaz, has additionally carried the information.

Final 12 months dozens of princes, in addition to sitting ministers and ex-ministers, have been arrested as a part of an anti-corruption drive.

The Saudi royal household is believed to quantity 1000’s, however the wealth and standing between them can differ wildly.