Following are excerpts from an address given by Kuwaiti MP Musallam Al-Barrak, which was posted on the Internet on October 29, 2012. On October 31, Al-Barrak was detained on charges of criticizing the Emir, and a day later, he was released on bail.
Musallam Al-Barrak: I would like to stress that Kuwait will be fine as long as you, the young men and women of Kuwait, have the best interests of Kuwait at heart and defend its constitution and liberties.
As for me, I am fine, and I will proceed toward the destiny I have chosen – to defend the people, its interests, its money, and its constitution. If they believe that arresting Musallam Al-Barrak or anybody else will put an end to the popular movement, they are delusional, because the masses, the popular movement, and the active political forces have principles that are deeply rooted in their conscience, just as they are rooted in my conscience and that of my colleagues. Will you arrest these consciences? The quarrel of our popular movement is not with the regime. All that we are demanding is the implementation of article 6 of the constitution, without hindrance and without fooling around with the electoral system.
Brothers and sisters, life and death lie in the hands of Allah. It is not important who lives and who dies. What is important is that Kuwait shall live on and not die. I hope that I shall be among you, brothers and sisters, during the second march, on November 4. That is exactly what will happen if, Allah willing, I am not in prison. If, however, I am imprisoned, I direct this message to the young people of Kuwait. Make sure that the march will be a peaceful one, because this is our beloved Kuwait that we are talking about.
In my view, the march, which will take place on November 4, is a national duty incumbent upon all the men and women of Kuwait, who wish to maintain a life of dignity for themselves and for future generations. Therefore, brothers and sisters, at the end of the day, we are not dealing with individuals, because living individuals, no matter how much they have sacrificed, have sacrificed nothing compared to what the martyrs sacrificed in order to defend Kuwait, its honor, and the legitimacy of its constitution, on August 2, 1990 [when Iraq invaded Kuwait]. The people that confronted the tyrants' armies, the army of Saddam Hussein, the people that believed that its homeland would prevail, is the same people that now believes in its constitution, its freedom, and its dignity.