Hashtags calling for a boycott of Amazon and Souq.com have continued to trend on social media in Saudi Arabia over the course of the week, with many taking aim at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post, for the newspaper’s coverage of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Turkey.
Earlier this week, hashtags calling for the boycott began trending in Saudi Arabia following the Post’s publishing of an op-ed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling for more answers into the circumstances surrounding his death.
Many using the hashstags said they have deleted their Amazon accounts and published images of communications with Amazon’s customer service teams.
“It is not about anger. It is about respect and trust. They reacted before the investigation results [sic], which indicates [a] premeditated and conspiring agenda,” one Saudi user commented on a Twitter thread. “They tried to pressure our country and just flush them into the sewage.”
Another user wrote that “whoever does not respect Saudi Arabia, [we] will put him under out feet. Our dignity comes first.”
The same user wrote that the Washington Post is conducting “a dirty war” against Saudi Arabia “without morality.”
“The Washington Post was not covering the death of Jamal Khashoggi, but was leaking lies all the time [to] enter into a political war with the US administration, taking advantage of the name of Saudi Arabia,” he wrote. “Yes, we will stop dealing with Amazon.”
A similar, albeit English-language hashtag - #IStandWithSaudiArabia – was also gaining prominence, with Saudis and foreign supporters using it to publicly back the kingdom and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“Saudi Arabia – for better or worse I’d never give up defending you to the very last breath,” one user wrote.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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