The following stated is information gathered from social media sources, through accounts of Kuwaiti activists and citizens present at the Sharq police station gathering. The validity of certain details is yet to be confirmed. The goal is to provide background information on the current status of the three detainees.
Mohammed Al Ajeel, Abdulaziz Al Mutar, and Yousif Kalendar were arrested and detained since Wednesday at dawn. The three young Kuwaiti men had hung orange flags at different parts of Kuwait, including Hamra Tower, a “landmark” of Kuwait. Below are some videos showing the streets where the flags had been hung, and posters demanding the release of other detainees who have been imprisoned for similar political views for months now. On Thursday night they were transferred to Sharq police station around 11 PM, and the investigation did not commence until 2:30 AM. They were charged with the following:
١. دخول عقار دون موافقة المالك
the first being “trespassing without the owner’s permission”, the second being “vandalism”. It should be noted that AlHamra Tower is a public mall, and that visitors naturally do not ask the owner for permission to enter. As for the second charge, you can watch the videos and judge for yourself whether hanging flags count as an act of vandalism.
Since their transfer to Sharq police station, almost a hundred citizens gathered outside the station in solidarity with the three young men, demanding to know their charge. Among them were lawyers, who were denied entry by until past midnight, when they were finally allowed to enter during the investigation. Military personnel had prohibited the entrance of everyone who was standing outside. At 4 AM, it was decided that the three accused would be held overnight; there was news of them to be released the following day (today) but it is yet to be confirmed. It seems that the three Kuwaitis will have their names added to the list of detainees whose release they were advocating for.
Orange is the symbolic color taken up by the Kuwaiti opposition of 2012-2013 who boycotted the last parliamentary elections in protest of the new Amiri electoral decree, which minimized the votes of citizens from four votes per person to only one vote. The boycott campaign had succeeded, as elections had barely elicited 39% of the citizens’ votes.
The opposition boycotted the elections due to the belief that the new electoral law is unconstitutional; it has since been appealed to the Constitutional Court of Kuwait, and the ruling is meant to be announced on June 16th, 2013.