Bedoon protest for the freedom of their detainees

Stateless Arabs, locally known as bidoons, take part in a demonstration in demand of the Kuwaiti citizenship and basic rights, in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on October 2, 2013. Bidoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only 34,000 of a total of over 106,000 qualify for consideration, while the rest hold other nationalities. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Earlier Friday, the interior ministry of Kuwait continued issuing its¬†propaganda¬†statements against the Bedoon of Kuwait by stating that those illegal protests are disturbing the work of the Central Agency, aims to divide the society, and disturb those living in Taimaa area (although it is a Bedoon area). The ministry also stated that those arrested in Bedoon protests are not Kuwaiti and that the ministry has their ‘real citizenship’.¬†

In response and to call for the freedom of the 11 detainees, the Bedoon in Taimaa made an unplanned protest in Taimaa on Friday evening. The ministry had to of course be there to stop others from joining and to disperse the protest. Another protest is planned tomorrow by the parliament for Kuwaiti citizens who support Bedoon rights. Surely, the Bedoon will not be allowed to join tomorrow’s protest as the ministry states every time that “the Erada square near the parliament is only for Kuwaitis to protest in.”

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