Lawmakers among injured as police clash with crowd in Kuwait

December 9, 2010
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FOrum turned ugly folllowing clashes - Al Aan

Several Kuwaitis, including five lawmakers, were treated in hospital after they were injured in an attempt by the police to disperse crowds who had gathered at an unauthorised forum, Kuwaiti media reported.

Following the unprecedented clash at the rally in Sulaibkhat, 10km west of Kuwait City, MPs held a meeting and said that they would press for action to question the country’s prime minister, Shaikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah over the issue.

According to Al Shahed newspaper, MPs Abdul Rahman Al Anjari, Dhaif Allah Buramya, Waleed Al Tabtabai, Mislim Al Barrak and Falah Al Sawwagh were injured in the attack in which the police used batons.

The lawmakers were among a large crowd that attended a forum to discuss an alleged plan by the government to amend the 1962 constitution.

It was the second time that the MPs and their supporters held a rally to voice their protest despite a warning by the government that it was adopting a zero-tolerance policy towards holding public gatherings outside the diwaniyas, the privately-owned traditional Kuwaiti halls.

Witnesses reportedly said that the scuffles started when the rally organizers could not control the people who could not enter the diwaniya of MP Jamaan Al Harbash where the gathering was planned to take place.

Special forces were sent in to help calm the growing tension and contain the situation, but the clashes became inevitable when the crowds could not move back and the police insisted on pushing them, witnesses told Kuwaiti dailies.

Ambulances called in to help treat or evacuate the injured faced problems reaching the diwaniya with roads blocked by hundreds of parked cars belonging to the crowd.

The emirate has been rocked by a series of political crises over the past five years that led the ruler to dissolve parliament three times, while the cabinet has resigned five times.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/lawmakers-among-injured-as-police-clash-with-crowd-in-kuwait-1.726726

         

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