|THIS IS NOT ISRAEL|
Somebody forgot apparently to tell the Kuwaitis to liberate the Bedouin who live in their country.
The Bedouin decided to remind the Kuwaiti government that they, too, were citizens.
The government responded with tear gas, bullets, beatings and arrests.
Last month Arab News reported:
Known as Bedouin, more than 1,000 of them clashed with security forces in the province of Al-Jahra, 30 miles west of the capital Kuwait City, on Friday. Human Rights Watch reported that 120 demonstrators were arrested and approximately 30 others requiring medical treatment.
Mostly descendants of Bedouin nomads who failed to apply for citizenship when Kuwait passed its citizenship law in 1959, the Bedouin cannot legally work in Kuwait and are denied health care, public education and access to courts. They are also denied a piece of the huge largesse that comes from the country’s oil resources.
The government requires them to relinquish citizenship claims in order to receive birth, marriage or death certificates, Human Rights Watch reported. Al-Shamari said that up until 1986 Bedouin enjoyed the same rights as regular Kuwaitis, except for the right to vote. During the 1980s, they comprised some 90% of Kuwait’s army and Interior Ministry personnel, he said.After the demonstrations last month it seems that many of those arrested faced further retribution the State. While locked up many were beaten a bit more and some were also sexually abused.
The Empire turned its head away while its media failed to comment.
Don't forget the Kuwait still has lots of that black gooey liquidly thing that feed the machine.
Meanwhile, I think summing all this up rather well (and in a more personal way) is this from Al-Shorfa,
The following is from AlertNet.