Middle East

Kuwaitis Tear-Gassed for Violating Rally Ban

Restrictions against the Islamist opposition to the leadership

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Riot police blocked off roads and used tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades against thousands of demonstrators in Kuwait's capital Sunday.

The protest was against a decree by the Emir that amends the election law.

Kuwait has widened its restrictions on an Islamist-led opposition ahead of a December 1 parliamentary election, including a ban on public gatherings of more than 20 people. Protesters, however, have defied the order despite warnings that a planned anti-government rally Sunday was illegal and would face a stiff backlash from security forces.