Middle East

Protests in Kuwait over Activist's Arrest

Opposition leader allegedly charged with insulting emir


Kuwaiti police fired tear gas and smoke bombs on Wednesday to disperse thousands of protesters marching on a prison where an opposition leader is being held on charges of insulting the emir, witnesses said.

The unrest comes amid rising tension ahead of parliamentary elections on December 1 which the opposition is boycotting.

Defence lawyers said on Wednesday prosecutors had charged Musallam al-Barrack on three counts related to a speech in which he made critical remarks about the country's 83-year-old emir, and ordered him held for 10 days pending further questioning.