Residents of Salmiya area commend cops
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: As Pakistanis gathered by a residential block of Salmiya on Wednesday night to mark their Independence Day, Kuwait police halted their revelry by towing their cars away.
In what has become an annual affair, a large group of Pakistani celebrants took to the streets to commemorate their country’s independence from colonial rule on Aug 14, 1947, with an exuberant display of revved up car engines, daredevil stunts, shrill chanting and misplaced mayhem.
The raucous show, however, was dampened at around 9 pm when a swarm of police cars surrounded the epicentre of activity and started to promptly haul vehicles involved in the disruption, bringing great relief to residents living in the surrounding buildings.
Residents commended the resolve of the police officers who stayed until midnight, booking cars and clearing out the area. “We are very thankful that the cops showed up and put an end to all the chaos. This isn’t the place to be spinning cars,” one resident shared.
“I don’t know why they choose to gather at this particular point. None of them reside in our building so it is not okay for them to hijack our parking lots, restrict our access to it while making so much noise and disturbing our peace. There must be a better place, away from residential areas, for them to have their fun. Can they not think of better cultural or community events to celebrate a national holiday?”, another resident commented.
Businesses in the neighbourhood are also adversely affected by the blaring horns and blasting music, traffic congestion and unavoidable altercations that come concomitant with the crowds and confusion.
“They have been doing this every year because until now they have gotten away with it. They expected the usual cat and mouse chase with the cops but this time their actions were met with dire consequences. It is important as an expatriate community living away from our homes that we remember where we come from and celebrate our identity, but we must appreciate our freedom in a way that is peaceful and considerate to our neighbours,” an onlooker stated.