Saudi embassy street in The Hague renamed after Khashoggi

'Khashoggi Canal': Activists rename Saudi embassy street in The Hague to honour murdered journalist
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02 October, 2019
Amnesty International unveiled the new 'Khashoggi Canal' street sign on the road where the Saudi embassy in The Hague is located.
A caption underneath the street name reads: 'Journalist murdered by Saudi Arabia'. [Getty]

Activists in the Netherlands on Wednesday renamed the street where the Saudi embassy in The Hague is located to honour journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered one year ago.

The event was organised by Amnesty International and saw Yahya Assiri, director of human rights organisation ALQST, unveil the street sign, which reads "Khashoggi Canal".

A caption underneath the street name reads: "Journalist murdered by Saudi Arabia".

"Exactly a year ago, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. Saudi Arabia would rather forget that. We do not. That is why today we name the street where the embassy in The Hague is located after him," Amnesty International Netherlands wrote on Twitter.

The event was part of several planned across Europe by Amnesty International to honour Jamal Khashoggi.

In Belgium, activists plan on renaming street signs around the Saudi embassy to "Khashoggi Street", while campaigners in Norway will plan a "crime scene" event in front of the Saudi embassy in Oslo.

Protesters will line up dressed up as crime scene investigators asking for permit to check out the embassy premises.

Saudi intelligence officials and a forensic doctor killed and dismembered Khashoggi on 2 October 2018, just as his fiancée waited outside the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, long a royal court insider, had been in self-imposed exile in the US while writing critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the oil-rich nation's King Salman and de facto ruler.