Kuwaiti arrested over Twitter posts
Shi’ite Muslim detained for publishing online criticism of Saudi and Bahrain ruling families
A Kuwaiti man has been arrested by authorities in that country for allegedly publishing online criticism of the royal families of Saudia Arabia and Bahrain.
According to news agency Reuters, Shi'ite Muslim Nasser Abdul used the micro blogging service Twitter to criticise ruling dynasties in the two fellow Gulf states. A source told Reuters that Abdul was apprehended on Thursday, but no charges against him had been so far been lodged.
In recent months, the Arab world has been rocked by mass protests across large parts of the region. Protesters in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain used social media to organise demonstrations earlier in the year, although these were quelled after neighbours Saudi Arabia and the UAE sent in their own security forces.
Saudi Arabia has so far been largely spared the impact of the so-called ‘Arab Spring', but tensions have run high in Bahrain, where a predominantly Shi'ite population is ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family.