Saudi General Ahmad Al-Assiri, spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing Yemen for over two years, hit a protestor and gave others the middle finger in London after they attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest.
When Al-Assiri arrived in London yesterday, scores of people took to the streets outside the Saudi embassy to protest his presence. One activist, Sam Walton, attempted to place Al-Assiri under citizen’s arrest.
The Saudi diplomat responded by slapping Walton’s hand, he was then led into the embassy only to turn around and swear at protesters, he also gave them a thumbs down.
Saudi Embassy security tackled Walton and tried to keep him away from Al-Assiri, however he managed to follow up into the building only to be forced out.
Al-Assiri was also egged by protestors who called him a “war criminal” and “child killer” in both Arabic and English.
Since the war started in March 2015, Saudi Arabia has met with worldwide condemnation for its indiscriminate airstrikes that are alleged to have been responsible for 60 per cents of civilian deaths in Yemen. There have been calls for Britain to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.