- Kuwait Times Extra
If you were among those who demanded freedom and an elected prime minister while staging anti-government demonstrations at Irada Square, I would like to ask you a series of questions, starting with this: Are you satisfied with the results achieved from the public campaigns you have taken part in?
Did you spend hours at the Irada Square so that churches can no longer allowed to be built in Kuwait? Do you really support calls to restrict people’s freedom of religious practice? Did you impose governmental monitoring on Hussaniyas (Shiite religious center) to interfere into the beliefs of citizens who do not share the same beliefs as yours?
After persistent pressure to demand a Cabinet change in both members and approach, are you okay now with a Cabinet that only has a different prime minister but shares a similar lineup and approach with that of its predecessor? Was the elimination of Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al- Sabah and female lawmakers the highest point of your political ambition? Were all these months of demonstration and public pressure aimed at replacing Saleh Al-Mulla and Aseel Al-Awadhi with Mohammad Al-Juwaihel and Nabeel Al-Fadhl respectively? Were they aimed at instilling a ‘culture of force’ instead of enforcing law and equal opportunities for dialogue?
Besides a few things that changed, nothing has so far been achieved with young citizens’ activity in Iradah Square. On the other hand, the future appears darker, with efforts likely to be exerted to enforce more restrictions on freedom of expression, spending even more financial surplus.
Awaiting us are days where newspapers and media outlets are forced to follow the ideology of true leaders of the Iradah Square demonstrators. The oppression awaits any ideology that does not fall in line with the Parliament’s majority.
I can only see bitter days ahead in which not only young people would be victims, but also future generations when their safety and security are violated by the same people who violated the law yesterday. — Al-Qabas
By Abdullatif Al-Duaij
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