Demon­stra­tors rally to protest Aleppo car­nage

Assem­bly to de­bate Aleppo on Dec 28

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak and Nawara Fat­ta­hova

Around 2,400 Kuwaitis protested out­side the Russian em­bassy yes­ter­day to con­demn Moscow’s sup­port for the Syr­ian regime be­sieg­ing rebel-held Aleppo. Car­ry­ing ban­ners say­ing “Stop crimes” and “Save Aleppo”, the demon­stra­tors marched on the diplo­matic com­pound in Daiya hous­ing the em­bassy. The crowds gath­ered yes­ter­day were drawn from var­i­ous back­grounds, and in­cluded both lib­er­als and Is­lamists.

MP Ja­maan Al-Har­bash de­manded to sever ties with Rus­sia be­cause of its sup­port for Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad. He also called for Kuwait to al­low more Syr­i­ans into the coun­try, say­ing “we have to sup­port our fel­low Arab broth­ers and sis­ters against the attacks and crimes by the Syr­ian regime and its al­lies”.

Kuwait is home to more than 130,000 Syr­ian na­tion­als, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment statis­tics re­leased in 2014. Kuwait was one of the first Gulf coun­tries to sever ties with Syria and pledge sup­port to the rebels seek­ing to top­ple As­sad. “To­day, the Syr­ian peo­ple are at war with Rus­sia... dead bod­ies are in the streets of Aleppo,” Har­bash told the crowd. “We call on Tur­key and the Gulf states to ex­pel Russian en­voys and sever diplo­matic ties with Moscow,” he added.

“Our Assem­bly was the first Arab and Is­lamic par­lia­ment to hold a spe­cial ses­sion to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion in Syria. The Arab na­tions should unify to bring about prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions. Res­i­dents of Aleppo have sent their last mes­sages from there, but we say the mes­sages

will not end, with our strong will. We call upon the gov­ern­ment to al­low Syr­i­ans who live in Kuwait to bring their rel­a­tives on visit visas to Kuwait. We want to host them and open the coun­try to wel­come them,” MP Ab­dul­lah Al-Anezi said.

Head of the Ummah Party Hakim Al-Mu­tairi called for ji­had in Syria. “Ji­had is a re­li­gious duty of ev­ery Mus­lim. Those who can’t do so due to a le­git­i­mate ex­cuse should send money. The 22 Arab coun­tries have an army of more than five mil­lion soldiers - why don’t they de­fend the peo­ple in Syria? I call upon cler­ics and preach­ers to make state­ments to en­cour­age Mus­lims to go for ji­had in Syria,” he thun­dered.

Speak­ers also con­demned Iran and Shi­ite mili­tias, ac­cus­ing them of in­dis­crim­i­nate killings of civil­ians in Aleppo. MP Thamer Al-Suwait called the war in Syria a “geno­cide”. For­mer law­maker Ah­mad Al-Shuhoumi con­demned what he la­beled “a dirty sec­tar­ian war led by Iran against Sunni Mus­lims”.

“We de­mand that hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions take im­me­di­ate ac­tion against the geno­cide tak­ing place in Aleppo. We know that many of hu­man­i­tar­ian and char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions were not able to reach the ar­eas in cri­sis and help the peo­ple in need. We shouldn’t keep silent, and the Arab coun­tries should unify to fi­nan­cially help the peo­ple of Aleppo,” MP Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaei said.

Kuwaiti char­i­ties and the Kuwait Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety have launched fundrais­ing cam­paigns for vic­tims of the fight­ing. Pro­test­ers also car­ried pic­tures of Syr­ian chil­dren and posters of As­sad with a swastika. They then marched to­wards the fence of the diplo­matic com­pound, shout­ing: “The peo­ple want the ex­pul­sion of the am­bas­sador”. Po­lice watched the demon­stra­tion closely, but it ended peace­fully. A po­lice­man told Kuwait Times, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, that the num­ber of pro­test­ers was be­tween 2,200 to 2,400. He said some speeches vi­o­lated the na­tional unity law, and some plac­ards that were sec­tar­ian in na­ture were con­fis­cated.

Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem said yes­ter­day the Assem­bly will de­bate the sit­u­a­tion in Aleppo on Dec 28 af­ter sev­eral MPs de­manded a spe­cial ses­sion to de­bate the is­sue. Ghanem also said that he has written to the heads of Arab and in­ter­na­tional par­lia­ments to urge them to in­crease pres­sure to stop the war against civil­ians in Aleppo. Kuwait has also called on the Arab League to hold an emer­gency meet­ing Mon­day to dis­cuss Aleppo.

KUWAIT: Pro­test­ers hold plac­ards dur­ing a demon­stra­tion yes­ter­day out­side the Russian Em­bassy to con­demn Moscow’s sup­port for the Syr­ian regime be­sieg­ing rebel-held Aleppo. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat (See Page 2)

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