Qatar imposes security crackdown against opposition



Thu, 08 Jun 2017 - 11:26 GMT


Thu, 08 Jun 2017 - 11:26 GMT

Qatar Flag - File photo

Qatar Flag - File photo

CAIRO – 8 June 2017: Qatar’s Intelligence Agency imposes security crackdown against opposition, as it fears of moves against the Qatari government.

This came in response to a wave of criticism made by the opposition in Qatar, following cutting ties tensions with seven countries.

The Opposition in Qatar blamed the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of following false policies that led their country to face “historical isolation” in the region.
A number of the opponents reported through social media accounts being subjected to arbitrary procedures that varied among dropping nationality, and detention. Families of those members were also impacted.

Moreover, media reports stated that there are attempts by Qatari authorities to block social media platforms in the country.

On Monday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives announced they are severing relations with Qatar over allegations that Qatar supports terrorist groups. Egypt and its allies have closed off ports to Qatari vessels.

Greece agreed on Monday to represent Egypt diplomatically in Qatar, in accordance to international conventions that stipulates that a third country could be delegated to follow up between both countries, in cases of cutting ties between countries.

Following the cutting ties crisis, a state of confusion spread in the Royal Court of Qatar, Qatar's stock market collapsed in trade, resulting in huge losses, as well as blocking Al Jazeera and beIN Sports channels. Qatar ties severed with Arab neighbor countries will lead it to face severe political and economic issues.

Turkey showed support to Qatar, following the cutting ties crisis.

Cutting ties between two countries include, in accordance with international conventions, closing embassies, headquarters of companies, withdrawing diplomats and banning media communication, as well as suspending partnership and projects.

Tensions between Qatar and Arab countries rose after a statement published on social media platforms of its official media agency QNA, quoting Tamim as saying being hostile to Iran is unwise. Qatar commented on this statement later claiming that the website was hacked.



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