Issue 283, Friday 30 November 2012 - 16 Muharram 1434
Tear gas fired to disperse Kuwait protesters
Kuwaiti security forces fired tear gas to disperse a protest on Nov 4 by thousands of opposition supporters. Demonstrators had gathered on a road at Mishref, about 20km south of Kuwait City, after troops and police prevented a march in the capital. Last month, the authorities banned gatherings of more than 20 people. The organisers called the rally to express the opposition’s rejection of changes to the electoral law ahead of parliamentary polls on Dec 1.
A decree issued by Sabah al-Ahmed Al Sabah on 19 October reduced the number of votes cast by each Kuwaiti from four to one. Critics said this gave pro-Govt candidates an advantage. The opposition, which had a majority in the National Assembly until the Constitutional Court declared February’s elections illegal and reinstated the previous parliament, has said it will boycott next month’s polls.
EDL member attacked mosque because of news report from Libya
A man launched an attack on a mosque after watching a news report about the desecration of Commonwealth graves in Libya.
Barry Stanbury, 42, was caught on CCTV cameras shortly before 2.30am on March 5, wandering around the Exeter Mosque before a window was smashed, Exeter magistrates heard.
The court was told Stanbury was wearing “a distinctive hoodie” with a logo of a large cross on it, and a police officer recognised the defendant.
When interviewed Stanbury said he was “so drunk he did not remember doing it”.
Howard said he told police his motive for carrying out the religiously aggravated criminal damage was seeing on the news that Commonwealth graves had been desecrated in Libya.
Stanbury, of Laxton Avenue, Exeter, denied racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage at the mosque but was convicted after a trial. Magistrates sentenced him to 80 hours unpaid work, £100 compensation and pay £150 costs.
Teen arrested over Islamophobic graffiti on mosque
A 19-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage after abusive words were spray painted in view of a mosque.
Surrey Police said the graffiti was sprayed inside a shop on the Lion Retail Park, Woking, in view of the Shah Jehan Mosque in Oriental Road.
The words were sprayed between 7pm and 8pm on Nov 12.
The teenager, from Woking, has been released on bail until 13 December pending further inquiries.