Violent incidents mar end of campaigns in Kuwait

February 1, 2012

Around 20 people and security men were injured in clashes late on Tuesday after tribesmen stormed Al Watan television station in Kuwait City.

The protestors were reportedly angry with the broadcasting of an interview with a pro-government candidate, Nabeel Al Fadhl.

A Porsche, thought to be the owned by Al Fadl, was damaged in the incidents that occurred hours after protestors torched the tent headquarters of controversial candidate Mohammad Al Juwaihal for “denigrating” another candidate and his Al Mutair tribe.

Witnesses said that the police had to use tear gas to disperse the hundreds-strong crowd that assembled in front of the private television building after attempts by former lawmakers to appease the crowd failed to convince them to move away from the building.

The station cancelled the interview, broadcasted patriotic songs before it took off the air just after 1 am.

As tension gripped the nation ahead of the parliamentary elections on Thursday, the Amir received on Tuesday afternoon several former lawmakers from Al Mutair tribe in a bid to calm the situation.

The royal court issued a statement calling for calm and caution, urging Kuwaitis to steer away from everything that could have a negative impact on the elections and the country and pledging legal action against abusers.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • 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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