Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Repression in the UAE: the most unreported story of the Arab uprisings

"Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi said authorities must not allow "malignant" persons to "harm a single inch of our country".  "We hear today … that there are some who are trying to tamper with the stability of the UAE. I would like to say to them: the people of the UAE don't need lessons from anyone. They are confident in themselves and in the solidarity that they share," he said.  Those who do not like the rules of the UAE "should leave for another place".  "I address my words to those who wish to try to teach us lessons of which we are in no need."  The UAE has been criticised by some rights groups over the case of seven Islamists who had their passports and citizenship revoked, and of other activists who used online social networking platforms to voice their opinions on politics and religion.  During the meeting, he said, Sheikh Saud emphasised that the "relationship between the Ruler and the ruled in the UAE was one of the most distinguished in the world" as all nationals were welcome to voice their concerns and problems to the Government at all times, directly." (thanks Basim)