Kuwait: ANHRI calls the Kuwaiti authorities to respect the peaceful demonstrations and the freedom of expression
ANHRI condemns the use of the excessive violence against the demonstrators by the security forces. The demonstrations protested against the one vote system which is applied in the last Nation Council and call for its dissolve it which resulted in several injuries, in addition to arrest several demonstrators and activists.
The security forces used the excessive violence in dealing with the peaceful demonstrators in several cities and areas of Kuwait. Such as, Al-Gahraa, Rakaa, Sabah Al-Naser, Sabahia, Farwaneah, Fahihal and Om Hyman to call for the canceling the one vote system which was applied in the last Nation Council and the call to dissolve this council which the participants were almost 39%. The security forces used the smoke, sound and tear gas bomb after had given the protesters a short time to disperse and end the protest.
After the end of the specified time, the violence was used which led to several injuries among the protesters and the arrest of wide numbers. Among them the lawyer “Khaled El-Hagry”, the observing member of Kuwait association for human rights who was arrested while wearing the distinguish costumes as a human rights observer. In addition to the political activist “Abas” who is known as “Shaiby” after was injured and aided in the hospital.
In the same context and in accordance with testimonies on twitter, some activists and bloggers were summoned up to Salaihia Police station due to a political forum “stop futility” which held in the El-Eradah square October 15, 2010 and followed by demonstration which ended by clashes and arrests. “Sakar El-Hasah” and “Ahmed Sayar”, “Fawaz El-Baher” and “Saad El-Moqai” were among the detainees.
ANHRI said “the persistent of the Kuwaiti forces in the use of violence and repression won’t be worthy in silencing the voices of the opposition. The authorities instead of conducting discussions with the political forces and protesters in order to reach solutions, they use the repression policies in all forms. The Kuwaiti regime did not learn from the countries of the Arab spring, which proved the failure of the security solutions”.
ANHRI called Kuwaiti authorities to respect the peaceful demonstrations and to release all the prisoners of conscience and opinions in the prisons.