Saudi ar­rests are con­demned as a crack­down on dis­sent:

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Hu­man Rights Watch on Friday con­demned the ar­rest by Saudi au­thor­i­ties of about 30 cler­ics, in­tel­lec­tu­als and ac­tivists this week as a “co­or­di­nated crack­down on dis­sent,” and Amnesty In­ter­na­tional echoed the sen­ti­ment. The ar­rests were made af­ter ex­iled op­po­si­tion fig­ures urged demon­stra­tions af­ter Friday’s af­ter­noon prayers, a call that did not ap­pear to at­tract much sup­port amid a heavy se­cu­rity de­ploy­ment. The de­ten­tions come amid wide­spread spec­u­la­tion, de­nied by of­fi­cials, that King Sal­man, 81, in­tends to ab­di­cate in fa­vor of his son, Crown Prince Mo­hammed, who dom­i­nates eco­nomic, for­eign and do­mes­tic pol­icy.

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