As a protest against discriminatory state policies and arbitrary arrests, the stateless community in Kuwait (Bedoon) decided to light candles in their houses and post pictures of them on Twitter. The idea was suggested by blogger 7anthala Al-Bedoon who thought it would be a message to the authorities that “the struggle is going on and that their peaceful objections will not end until they get their rights”.
On Wednesday 4 April, a flood of pictures went on Twitter as people expressed themselves variously with candles using the hashtag #شمعة_حرية_وأمل meaning “a candle of freedom and hope”.
Here are some of the pictures shared:
The following two pictures were sent to blogger 7anthala:
This is a video of a candle being lit by the beach, uploaded by user arzag1:
And a video of candles and a sign next to a cellphone playing a video of a Bedoon protest, uploaded by user fal3nze: