Middle East

Kuwaitis Tear-Gassed for Violating Rally Ban

Restrictions against the Islamist opposition to the leadership


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.