#WeDemandQatar - the internet trolls Saudi demands

#WeDemandQatar - the internet trolls Saudi demands
The rationale behind Saudi's demands are hard to comprehend, let-alone quantify. Twitter caught on, and could not resist taking a jab.
3 min read
24 Jun, 2017
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani [AFP]
A new hashtag has emerged on social media that people are using to troll Riyadh.

#WeDemandQatar, is a reaction to Saudi Arabia's list of demands to Qatar via Kuwait - a list which included cutting ties with Iran and shuttering media organisations - all within a 10-day timeframe.

The 13-point list of demands Saudi Arabia released were mocked across the world, and understandably so.

Who could imagine Qatar succumbing to shutting down Al-Jazeera, mirroring Saudi and Emirati foreign policy - then  on top of that, sacrificing sovereignty to Riyadh with a monthly Saudi audit for "compliance"?

The list even demanded Qatar to pay "compensation" for "the loss of life and other financial losses", allegedly caused by Qatar's foreign policy.

Considering Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of siding with both Al-Qaeda and Hizballah in Syria - two factions at war with each other, on top of the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen - also at war with each other - the rationale behind Saudi's demands for compensation is hard to comprehend, let-alone quantify.

Twitter caught on, and could not resist.

Some decided to add to the list, but took it a bit too far. Banning the Kardashians without consulting the rest of the internet?

Some have even issued a royal decree against Arsenal football club manager, Arsène Wenger - not the first time Wenger was a target of Arab trolling. Algeria recently "voted him out" of their parliamentary elections.

Because who doesn't love summer? And Game of Thrones?

At least Qatar was only demanded to follow one of The Plastic's demands, in this game of political Mean Girls. Imagine only being allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, or only having your hair up in a pony-tail once a week. 

And the most important demand that not only Qatar, but much of the world is failing to adhere to...