The protest begins
Bedouns stage new protest

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 18: Bedouns organized another rally Monday after Asr prayer and marched from Al-Sha’abi Mosque in Taima area to commemorate the third anniversary of the first demonstration they held to demand social and civil rights, citizenship and proper living conditions.

The protesters raised banners and chanted national slogans in the presence of heavy security and Special Forces, demanding release of the detainees arrested in previous demonstrations. They pressed for referral of detainees’ files to the judiciary to decide their fate.

Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah again intervened in the rally and asked for some minutes to convey their grievances to HH the Amir, as the protestors insisted it was inappropriate to be identified as violators, as their situation has yet to be identified by the Constitution or law.

At the same time, they refused the recent statements by some officials who claim that Bedouns have obtained their civil rights, indicating they are still deprived of driving license.

They reiterated the demonstrations will continue until all Bedouns have received the Kuwaiti citizenship or ‘die in the land of Kuwait’. They called for the head of Central System for Remedying the Status of Bedouns Saleh Al-Fadhalah to be removed.

Meanwhile, thanks to the intervention of Jahra Security Chief Major General Al-Tarrah who stressed that intimacy and understanding must prevail-particularly in the National Days celebration, the protestors dispersed the rally peacefully.


By: Abdulnasser Al-Aslami Special to the Arab Times

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