Cooperative societies in Kuwait boycott French goods due to the “offense”...

Cooperative societies in Kuwait boycott French goods due to the “offense”...
Cooperative societies in Kuwait boycott French goods due to the “offense”...
The Federation of Consumer Cooperative Societies in Kuwait declared a boycott French products; Because of what he considered to be a French offense to the Prophet Muhammad by continuing to publish insulting cartoons of him and President Emmanuel Macron’s statements about “Islamic separatism”.

Yesterday, Saturday, the president of the union, Fahd Al-Kashti, said that the union had requested all cooperative societies in Kuwait to boycott French products in these societies. A victory for the Messenger Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.

He added that “all French products have been removed from all associations.”

The shelves of cooperatives visited by Reuters, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, were empty of French products. Banners reading: “Boycott French products” or “Only God’s Messenger” were hung. Based on the support of the offensive graphics of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, we decided to remove all French products from the market and branches until further notice. This is a victory for our Prophet Muhammad. ”

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There are at least 75 cooperative societies in Kuwait with hundreds of branches in various regions of the country, and they are the main outlet for the sale of daily consumables, especially food. These associations are owned by citizens and administered by elected boards of directors and supervised by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Al-Kashti said, this is: “A reaction to the repeated offense of the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace. The Kuwaiti people are a loving people and do not have differences with any people. This is a message from the Kuwaiti people. We are representatives of the Kuwaiti people because we are elected in many regions in cooperative societies that include about one and a half million shareholders. ”

Earlier this month, Macron pledged to fight what he called “Islamist separatism,” and said that a bill would be referred to Parliament to counter this trend early next year.

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The Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement yesterday, stating that “the State of Kuwait has followed with great dismay the continuing publication of the cartoons insulting to the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace.”

The ministry warned, “against supporting and continuing these offenses, whether for all divine religions or messengers, peace be upon them, by some official political speeches, which ignite the spirit of hatred, hostility and violence, and undermine the efforts made by the international community to stem them and spread a culture of tolerance and peace among the peoples of the world.”

Today, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah affirmed Kuwait’s stance, “rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and also stressed the need to stop insults to all divine religions and the prophets, peace be upon them, in some official and political speeches.”

This came in a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website during the Kuwaiti minister’s meeting today with the French Ambassador to Kuwait Anne Claire Legendre.

The statement said, “During the meeting, the repercussions of the heinous crime that killed a professor of history in a French school, which was previously condemned by the State of Kuwait at the time, was discussed, as His Excellency stressed the position of the State of Kuwait rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

Reuters was unable to obtain government comment on the campaign to boycott French goods.

On the Kuwaiti government’s position on the union’s call to boycott French products, Al-Kashti said: “We did not communicate with government agencies. The decision came from us because we are elected and not appointed. ”

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He stressed that “in the event of continuing abuse of the position of the Messenger of God, there will be a ban on the entry of these products permanently to associations. Today this is a message. And in the coming days, until importing cooperatives from France, we will stop it. ”

Al-Qabas Kuwaiti newspaper, which often expresses the businessmen community, asked in its article today: “Is boycotting French goods a successful message?”

Al-Qabas stated that “this boycott, which many repeat in every crisis, has proven ineffective on many previous occasions.”

Kuwaiti imports from France amounted to 255 million dinars ($ 834.70 million) in 2019 and 83.6 million dinars in the first half of 2020, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the Central Administration for Statistics in Kuwait.

Al-Kishti pointed out that “French products are many in the cooperative societies in Kuwait, but they have alternatives that are already available and available in the market.”

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