Protests came as lawmakers held their first parliamentary
Published: 13:10 December 16, 2012
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About 400 protesters participated in a demonstration in downtown
Kuwait City on Saturday.
Kuwait City: Security forces in Kuwait have blocked hundreds of protesters
from staging a rally outside the parliament building as lawmakers held their
first session since elections earlier this month.
The confrontation is part of near daily demonstrations by anti-government
factions, which boycotted the December 1 election over objections to changes in
voting rules imposed by Kuwait’s ruler.
There was no violence on Sunday, but protest leaders are vowing to increase
pressures until Kuwait’s emir disbands the current parliament and orders new
elections under the former voting rules that allowed people to cast multiple
ballots. After being driven from outside parliament, demonstrators gathered in
front of Kuwait’s supreme court building.
Kuwait’s deepening political crisis is being closely watched by the US, which
has thousands of soldiers based in the strategic Gulf nation.