Saddam Hussein picture 'human rights protest' says Harrow restaurant owner

This Is Local London: Saddam Hussein picture 'human rights protest' says restaurant owner Saddam Hussein picture 'human rights protest' says restaurant owner

A restaurant owner who posted a picture of Saddam Hussein says it is a protest over human rights in his homeland, Kuwait.

Ayyad Al-Hamdan, owner of the This Is It Lebanese restaurant, in Station Road, Harrow, put up the picture in its front window, resulting in complaints from passersby and members of the public.

Speaking to the Harrow Times, Mr Al-Hamdan said: “I have not put this picture up to show support for Saddam. I have done it to raise awareness of human rights in Kuwait.

“When Saddam invaded things were bad, but when America and Britain came things got better. But after they left things got even worse than before.

“My father was in the Kuwaiti army but was told he could not stay in the country. I have done all I can to protest and raise awareness this was the only thing I could think to do.

“Some people have come in to complain and ask why I have the picture up, and it has been a chance for me to explain my protest."

There are eight levels of class in Kuwait and according to Mr Al-Hamdan he and his family were beneath all of them and not recognised by the government.

He said: “I came to this country in 1997 and since 2001 I have been protesting in the UK over human rights issues in Kuwait. People need to know what is happening there.

“There are about 200,000 people who are in a similar situation to me and are not recognised by the government.”

According to Mr Al-Hamdan there are 5,000 Kuwaitis in the UK, who faced the same persecution as he did.

Harrow Borough Council called on the owner remove the picture of the former Iraqi dictator following complaints, but Mr Hamdan said he was free to display the picture.

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8:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

John1990ldn says...

i think this is wrong in so many ways and should not be aloud to have it up and should be made to close down the shop and also be made to pay a big fine
i think this is wrong in so many ways and should not be aloud to have it up and should be made to close down the shop and also be made to pay a big fine John1990ldn
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10:54am Wed 2 Apr 14

SeaBee says...

Thank you for the explanation Mr Al-Hamdan. I think that you have made your point. Now might be a good time to take down the poster and to find a new way of continuing your campaign.
Thank you for the explanation Mr Al-Hamdan. I think that you have made your point. Now might be a good time to take down the poster and to find a new way of continuing your campaign. SeaBee
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2:11pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

You might find much more sympathy for your cause if you removed the offending picture and might even manage to make some headway.People in this country are generally very kind-hearted and compassionate.

You should find some way to appeal to their innate sense of justice and fair play,rather than display that which will only serve to get their backs up.

Treat us as you wish to be treated.We are not the enemy nor responsible for what various governments have chosen to do.None of us like wars,killing or injustice.
You might find much more sympathy for your cause if you removed the offending picture and might even manage to make some headway.People in this country are generally very kind-hearted and compassionate. You should find some way to appeal to their innate sense of justice and fair play,rather than display that which will only serve to get their backs up. Treat us as you wish to be treated.We are not the enemy nor responsible for what various governments have chosen to do.None of us like wars,killing or injustice. Sonoo Malkani
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7:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

rabbitz says...

Personally i cannot understand why he did not stay in Kuwait and fight for his country, instead he runs away and insults the country and the people who gave him refuge, Tolerance is like elastic it will stretch so far before it snaps remember that.
Personally i cannot understand why he did not stay in Kuwait and fight for his country, instead he runs away and insults the country and the people who gave him refuge, Tolerance is like elastic it will stretch so far before it snaps remember that. rabbitz
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7:15pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jackdaw says...

Why did he not put upa poster about Kuwait? Harrow people are not mind readers and if they see a picture of Saddam they will think he is idolising him and boycott the restaurant.
Why did he not put upa poster about Kuwait? Harrow people are not mind readers and if they see a picture of Saddam they will think he is idolising him and boycott the restaurant. jackdaw
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12:33am Thu 3 Apr 14

SeaBee says...

I wonder why some people see a photograph of Saddam Hussein as being an insult to the British. I seem to recall that it was we and the Americans who invaded Iraq and removed him from power unleashing unparalleled internicine conflict in that country.
I wonder why some people see a photograph of Saddam Hussein as being an insult to the British. I seem to recall that it was we and the Americans who invaded Iraq and removed him from power unleashing unparalleled internicine conflict in that country. SeaBee
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