Activists on social media have called on the UAE free Ghanem Abdullah Mattar who has been arrested for sympathising with Qatar.

“Qatar has proven to us that it cannot be led … It leads its people, but it cannot be led.”

In a post on Twitter, Amnesty International said: “We thank all those who have alerted us to the issue of Brother Ghanem Abdullah . The issue is now followed by our team.”

Activists said that Matar was arrested after a video appeared of him saying: “Qatar has proven to us that it cannot be led … It leads its people, but it cannot be led.”

He called on Emiratis not forget Qatar’s support during the war in Yemen.

In early June, UAE Attorney-General, Hamad Saif Al-Shamsi, issued a decree criminalising expressing sympathy towards Qatar after the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries announced a boycott of Doha.

Anyone found guilty can be jailed for 15 years and fined up to $13,500.

 

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