The Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh, the de facto royal hotel, was evacuated on Saturday, stirring rumors that it would be used to house detained royals. The airport for private planes was closed, arousing speculation that the crown prince was seeking to block rich businessmen from fleeing before more arrests.
That right there - from the New York Times - in many ways encapsulates the farcical nature of what's going on in Saudi Arabia, where Mohammed bin Salman is essentially moving to consolidate all power in himself.
Only in Saudi Arabia would dozens of people who were just arrested be housed at the Ritz fucking Carlton. "Surrender you rascal! We're throwing your ass in the Ritz Carlton."
As this unfolded on Saturday evening, the news flow approximated a deluge and although there were some dots that could be connected immediately (e.g. it's a purge, so MbS must be consolidating power), the moves raise all kinds of other questions, ranging from those that can be answered definitively to those that outsiders will never know the answers to with any degree of certainty.
Here's who was arrested:
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, head
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