Six Arrested as Kuwaiti Protesters Clash With Security Forces

Six people were arrested last night after a demonstration by Kuwait’s opposition movement turned violent and protesters clashed with security forces.

Thousands of people had assembled outside the parliament building in Kuwait City to protest against what the opposition claimed was an attempt by the government to amend the election law. Clashes broke out when security personnel tried to prevent protesters from marching on the streets, the first since demonstrators stormed parliament in December. Processions are illegal in Kuwait without prior permission.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dissolved parliament on Oct. 7, a move welcomed by the opposition that paves the way for fresh elections. It was the third dissolution of parliament in less than a year, and followed a Constitutional Court ruling against a government bid to amend the electoral system.

No date has been set for the elections, which must be held within two months of parliament being dissolved, according to the constitution.

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