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October 4, 2013 0

Kuwaiti Officers Reportedly Force Two Arrested Men To Pose As Hitler For Photo

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Two arrested men report­edly forced by Kuwaiti offi­cers to give Nazi salute after mus­taches shaved to resem­ble Hitler.

Two migrant work­ers arrested by Kuwaiti law enforce­ment in a recent raid were appar­ently forced by offi­cers to pose for a photo giv­ing a Nazi salute after hav­ing their mus­taches shaved to resem­ble Hitler.

There is no indi­ca­tion that the offi­cers, who appar­ently posted the photo on social media, were act­ing on behalf of Kuwaiti authorities.

Accord­ing to the Kuwaiti daily Al Rai, the photo has caught the atten­tion of the Kuwaiti Min­istry of Inte­rior, which has issued orders to inves­ti­gate the mat­ter and to iden­tify the officers.

Reports of this inci­dent first appeared on Twit­ter on Octo­ber 3 when Sara Al-Darees, a Kuwaiti activist, posted the photo on her twit­ter account. Al-Darees gained inter­na­tional atten­tion in July 2013 when she was arrested on charges of Tweet­ing mes­sages deemed offen­sive to the Emir of Kuwait.

Accord­ing to Al Rai, three offi­cers arrested two migrant work­ers dur­ing a raid on an alco­hol pro­duc­tion facil­ity. Alco­hol is banned in Kuwait.

While the behav­ior of the offi­cers may be an iso­lated inci­dent, it serves as a reminder of the per­va­sive­ness of Hitler and Nazi imagery in the region. From smart phone appli­ca­tions to adver­tise­ments to bla­tant Holo­caust denial, the ubiq­uity of such imagery con­tributes to the triv­i­al­iza­tion of and desen­si­ti­za­tion to the unpar­al­leled hor­rors of the Holocaust.

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