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Changes to election law spark protest in Kuwait

10-22-2012 08:38 BJT

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Police in Kuwait have used tear gas, stun grenades and baton charges to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting changes to the electoral law which the opposition has called a constitutional coup by the government.

Demonstrators gathered in various parts of the capital, Kuwait City, to march towards the government’s headquarters, but riot police swiftly surrounded some groups and dispersed them.

Police in Kuwait have used tear gas, stun grenades and baton charges to disperse tens
of thousands of demonstrators protesting changes to the electoral law which the
opposition has called a constitutional coup by the government.

A medical source says at least 29 people were admitted to hospital. At least 15 people, including two former MPs and a reporter, were detained.

An opposition activist estimates that up to 50,000 people had gathered in various locations.The protest ended just before midnight after police told demonstrators to leave or be evacuated by force.

Demonstrators watch clips from previous protest rallies during a sit-in protest in front of
the Justice Palace in Kuwait City October 19, 2012.

Opposition supporters hold a rally in Kuwait City on Oct. 22, 2012 to protest against a
decision to change the electoral law. (Xinhua/Noufal Ibrahim)

Opposition supporters clash with riot police during a rally in Kuwait City Oct. 22, 2012.
Kuwaiti opposition supporters on Monday held a rally to protest against a decision to change
the electoral law. (Xinhua/Noufal Ibrahim)

 

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