Kuwait arrests two people for tearing up posters

May 30, 2011

Kuwait has arrested two men for allegedly tearing up posters of the prime minister and members of parliament during a rally held on Friday.

The two men, a Kuwaiti and a bidoon (person without proper documents) of Iranian origin, are now being investigated by the police and attempts by pro-rally lawmakers to allow them to go home have been resisted, Al Siyassah daily reported.

The rally, sponsored by opposition MPs, called for the resignation of Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad, and featured passionate speeches.

However, the MPs condemned the tearing up of the premier’s pictures and said that the act did not reflect their stance.

The daily said that the MPs have distanced themselves from the arrested pair who, under Kuwaiti laws, will be transferred to the public prosecutor.

Opposition MPs have been calling for the resignation of Shaikh Nasser and have used the parliament and the street to pile up pressure on the government.

Three MPs this month filed a motion to grill the premier over allegations that the government was biased in favour of Iran and was jeopardizing Kuwait’s relations with the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The parliament, scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday following the suspension of its sessions by the Speaker in the wake of an unprecedented fistfight between the MPs, will decide on the merit of the grilling motion.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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