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Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally

Bidoons take to streets to stage rally to press Kuwait government for citizenship rights

Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
Stateless Arabs, known as bidoons, run for cover as riot police throw tear gas to disperse the protesters demanding citizenship and other basic rights (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
Witnesses said police charged demonstrators repeatedly and detained a number of people, including one reporter who was covering the protest outside Kuwait city (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
The Interior Ministry of the oil-exporting Gulf state said protesters had caused property damage and wounded a police commander, prompting security forces to use force (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
It vowed in a statement to 'deal firmly and with severity with any illegal gatherings or marches organised in the future' (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
Stateless Arabs, known as Bidoons, often hold small-scale demonstrations in marginalised neighbourhoods near the capital (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
On Monday, some leading activists joined some 1,000 stateless Arabs at the protest in Al Jahra province, northwest of Kuwait City (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
Kuwait has avoided a spillover of the 'Arab Spring' pro-democracy revolts thanks to its generous welfare system (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
The number of Kuwaiti Bidoons is estimated at up to 180,000 inside the country and possibly 100,000 outside (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
The World Bank put Kuwait's population, including foreign workers, at more than 2.7 million in 2010 (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwait police fire water cannons as stateless Arabs rally
Many of Kuwait's stateless are descendants of desert nomads denied citizenship under strict nationality laws in the small Gulf state, whose citizens are entitled to hefty welfare benefits (AFP/Getty Images)