‘Eyes’ force cancellation; Why Irish eyes are crying
KUWAIT CITY: The annual social gathering of the Kuwait Irish Society, scheduled for Thursday, Nov 2, 2006 has been cancelled, allegedly because of pressure from some Islamist groups. The event, supposed to have taken place at one of Kuwait’s five-star hotels, was reportedly called off by the organizers because it was not granted a permit to hold the function, according to information gathered by the Arab Times. If true, this would be the first time in 15 years the Kuwait Irish Society, a non-profit organization which each year organizes sports and social events to raise money for a selected charity either in Kuwait or Ireland, has been denied permission to hold the event.
According to reliable sources, the event’s cancellation has been linked to efforts by a certain Islamic party which reportedly has formed groups to monitor social functions and discourage activities they deem “immoral,” such as singing, dancing and musical shows which they then report to the concerned authority. Some members of the Irish community in Kuwait reached for comment by the Arab Times decided to keep quiet about the issue with a few saying it was very disappointing. Recently, a well-known Islamist politician mentioned in a statement that Islamist groups had successfully managed to get 10 of 13 social functions cancelled.
By Boie Conrad Dublin – Arab Times Staff
Does anyone see else not see the irony in this? Events – which are held for ‘Charitable Purposes‘ are now getting inexplicably canceled.
This strangling behaviour is not helping anyone or anything – it’s merely breading contempt, anger and driving things further underground. Whilst many other countries in the Gulf are embracing their new found liberalism, certain people here are determined to suck the last living life out of Kuwait……It’s truly a sad state of affairs….