Sunday, February 27, 2011

Qatar to hit the streets in March?


In a string of events calling for economic, social and political change in the Arabian peninsula, Qatar is brewing to join the bandwagon as online-based sentiments have proven to unseat autocrats in the region.
In a report by the AFP, a Facebook page has attracted over 18,000 fans by Saturday calling for Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to step down alleging him to be an agent of Israel, demanding his wife Sheikha Mouza to be excluded from public affairs, and to stop any alliance with Israel and the US.
The title of the page from the popular social networking site is "Freedom Revolution, March 16, Qatar" that calls on its citizens to go to the streets to demand for reforms.
The report did not confirm how many of its fans are actually in the oil-rich state or how many will eventually join the call for protests.
The tiny Gulf state is home to a US military base and maintains an informal relation with Israel although it has no diplomatic relations with it.
Qatar severed its relations with the Jewish state as a protest when in New Year 2009, Israel attacked the Gaza Strip that killed over 1,400 Palestinians.
The 59-year-old Emir has ruled the country since 1995 and was described as an ally of the West. He became Emir of Qatar after overthrowing his father, Sheikh Hamad, in a coup in 27 June 1995.
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