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Nov 5, 2012

Kuwait takes hard line on unauthorised protests

KUWAIT, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s government has made clear
it is willing and able to suppress unauthorised street protests,
saying it must protect public safety, but risks provoking worse
popular unrest by taking a hard line.

Police fired tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse thousands
of Kuwaitis protesting over new voting rules late on Sunday.
Last month a prominent opposition figure was arrested after
speaking at a protest rally where he appealed to the emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to avoid “autocratic rule”.

Nov 4, 2012

Kuwaiti security forces teargas opposition protest

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces fired tear gas to disperse a banned demonstration on Sunday by about 2,000 opposition supporters against new voting rules for parliamentary elections on December 1.

OPEC member and U.S. ally Kuwait has so far avoided the mass pro-democracy unrest that has toppled rulers in four other Arab countries since last year, but tension has mounted this year in a long-running power struggle between parliament and the government which is dominated by the ruling Al-Sabah family.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests set in Kuwait despite govt warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest at new voting rules ahead of parliamentary elections, despite a government warning that it will not tolerate unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not authorised any protests and the prime minister warned that police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests set in Kuwait despite government warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest at new voting rules ahead of parliamentary elections, despite a government warning that it will not tolerate unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not authorized any protests and the prime minister warned that police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests planned in Kuwait despite govt warning

KUWAIT, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will
press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest against new voting
rules despite the government warning it will not tolerate
unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not
authorised any protests and the prime minister warned police
could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was
under serious threat.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests planned in Kuwait despite govt warning

KUWAIT, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will
press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest against new voting
rules despite the government warning it will not tolerate
unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not
authorised any protests and the prime minister warned police
could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was
under serious threat.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests planned in Kuwait despite government warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest against new voting rules despite the government warning it will not tolerate unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not authorized any protests and the prime minister warned police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

Nov 1, 2012

Kuwait grants bail to ex-MP accused of insulting emir

KUWAIT, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Kuwaiti authorities freed a
prominent opposition politician on bail on Thursday after
charging him with insulting the ruling emir, accusations which
his lawyer said were fabricated.

Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of
parliament, was picked up from his home on Monday night, two
weeks after a protest rally where he appealed to the emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to avoid “autocratic rule”.

Oct 18, 2012

Kuwait’s ruling family calls for obedience to the emir

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s ruling Al-Sabah family issued a rare statement on Thursday calling for obedience to the emir after a series of opposition gatherings and a large rally earlier this week.

The Gulf oil producer has seen regular demonstrations since last year, stemming from a struggle between the government dominated by the ruling family and mainly Islamist and tribal lawmakers in parliament.

Oct 18, 2012

Kuwaiti opposition politicians arrested after rally

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti authorities arrested two opposition politicians on Thursday and interrogated a third after they made comments seen as criticizing the country’s ruler, an interior ministry official said.

The former members of parliament spoke at an opposition-led rally of about 5,000 people on Monday where Kuwaitis later clashed with riot police.

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      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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