Politicizing the Issues

Asharq al-Awsat columnist Mshari Al-Zaydi comments on Salamn al-Odah’s open letter and the Shia leaders statement by saying:

Demands for good governance, fair litigation, and social justice are reasonable and in no way out of line. Objections are being raised to the fact that they are politicizing the issues. It is the right of anyone with a political vision to exploit the circumstances available and mobilize the energies of the public in order to realize this end.

Aren’t these demands political in the first place, especially when the government cracks down on those who raise such demands?