‘They silenced Khashoggi but gave thousands a voice’

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Omar Abdulaziz broke down when told of the death of his mentor. From his Montreal home, he explains why the murder has made Saudi dissidents stronger

For Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi dissident living in exile in Canada, the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was more than a prominent columnist and veteran who knew the ins and outs of the Saudi royal court. He was a mentor and father figure.

Abdulaziz, who often lambasts the Saudi leadership and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in online videos that garner a huge following, cannot see his parents, who still live in the kingdom. Khashoggi was also forced to live abroad, without his children.

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