Dozens of affluent Saudis, including several members of the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia, have been arrested in what is reportedly “the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom’s affluent elite in its modern history.”
Who is arresting them … and why?
Since his father, King Salmon, ascended to the throne in 2015, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seems to be asserting his authority in a series of unexpected moves, including a war in Yemen, the blockade of Qatar, and an aggressive stance toward Iraq. This latest attempt to purge the kingdom of its affluent elite suggests that the future Saudi king seeks to assert his authority both domestically and internationally.
“Welcome to Game of Thrones, Saudi Arabia edition,” said Jason Buttrill, chief researcher for The Glenn Beck Program and guest on today’s “Dana.”
“The Crown Prince was put in charge of this anti-corruption group and within hours he just starts sacking all the crown princes. Anybody who could shut down what he and his dad want to do, he just starts sacking them,” explained Jason. “Then he put them in this very harsh Saudi jail — also known as The Ritz Carlton ….”
Watch the video clip above to hear Jason sum up the dramatic situation in Saudi Arabia and get the whole scoop.