A Saudi hashtag entitled #tal3mrak which literary translates into “May god prolong your life” or “your majesty” if translated into a Western context took Twitter by storm today. The hashtag came as a surprise to many people who never thought Saudi netizens would have the courage to speak up in this manner in the way they address their authorities. At the beginning, the hashtag might have been directed to all the high ranking names in Saudi Arabia who control the market, have the freedom to do things that regular citizens are prohibited from, and live as a privileged class as they wish. However, it soon became clear that it was being used to address King Abdullah of Saudi, especially when non-Saudis started using it to criticize Saudi foreign policy that fights the Arab Spring and supports dictators against their people.
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