The Erada Square was cordoned off during the rally with two security checkpoints in the area and heavy security presence. Only Kuwaitis and journalists were given permission to enter the square.
According to Dr Rana Abdulrazak, she and her colleagues invited people to the rally through Twitter, because they were moved by the turn of events in Taima. They consider the arrest of peaceful demonstrators a violation of the Constitution and the law. “As Kuwaitis, we have to do something. We support calls for granting Bedouns their civil rights. This file should be closed once and for all,” she asserted.
She appealed to the authorities to refrain from using double standards in dealing with Kuwaitis and other nationalities. “We believe this gathering will encourage other political parties to support Bedouns. We should have a unified stand on the issue,” she added.
Meanwhile, Kuwait University Professor and human rights activist Dr Ibtihal Abdulaziz Al-Khatib explained, “We are here to demand for the rights of Bedouns, particularly the right to be naturalized for those who deserve it. We want them to be treated like any citizen in Kuwait and enjoy basic human rights like education, health and acquisition of official documents.” She urged the concerned authorities to look into the citizenship issue and naturalize those who met the conditions.
On the other hand, Deputy Chairperson of Kuwait Human Rights Society Maha Barjas Al-Barjas said the demonstration was organized by Kuwaitis to express their support for Bedouns and convey a clear message to the government that the issue requires immediate solution.
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This is the "unified nation" that I remember. I feel proud when I see Kuwaitis who would stand up for those less fortunate (within the walls of their own country - not just in Palestine or other areas of the globe). This is the true spirit of Kuwaitis; kindness, generosity, and dignity. I hope that some of my friends were there last night. It has saddened me lately to hear from so many commenters with negative feelings towards Bedouns; when in fact I know that some Bedouns went to school with them, or grew up next to them, or touched their lives in some way. Why the hatred? This country is so small; too small to be so divided.