Sympathising with Qatar is now a crime in Saudi and can land offenders 15 years in prison
Graffiti in support of Qatar's emir, scrawled on a sculpture in the centre of a roundabout in Saudi Arabia, circulated on social media on Thursday.
The graffiti read "We are all Tamim" and "Glory to Tamim" referring to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
في القصيم pic.twitter.com/zXxgXvuNHq
— ولد قطر (@All_Qatar2022) June 29, 2017
Tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have escalated ever since a blockade was imposed on the country by Saudi and its allies on 5 June.
One Qatari user on Twitter warned against committing such acts of sympathy:
— الـّـدآنـَه (@Dani_Almarri) June 29, 2017
Translation: We appreciate your love but don't sacrifice, your government has no mercy and as you know sympathising is a crime
A new law introduced in Saudi Arabia after the blockade was introduced stated that sympathising with Qatar would land offenders up to 15 years imprisonment and a $136,000 fine.
The graffiti later appeared to have been sprayed over to cover what was written.
— عبدالهادي ال زابن (@al_zaben_) June 29, 2017
Translation: I swear if you try to hide your people's sympathy you will not be able to bring back the age of slavery
Saudi and its allies have given Qatar a list of 13 demands including the shutdown of Al Jazeera. Saudi Arabia stated that Qatar must meet the demands by 3 July in order for the blockade to be lifted.