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Stateless bedouins carried out criminal acts - Kuwait

Gov't says demonstrators tried to run over police and destroy equipment

Stateless bedouins carried out criminal acts - Kuwait
Stateless Arabs protest to demand citizenship and other basic rights.

Kuwait's Interior Ministry on Wednesday accused stateless protesters of carrying out criminal acts against police officers during a demonstration in the Gulf Arab state.

Kuwaiti riot police used batons and armoured trucks to disperse a group of about 200 stateless protesters on Tuesday, the latest such rally seeking improved rights in the oil-exporting Gulf state.

Known in Arabic as 'bidoon' and numbering up to 180,000 people, the stateless are denied citizenship under strict nationality laws in Kuwait, whose citizens are entitled to generous welfare benefits.

"We regret the attacks by demonstrators in Taima (Square) and the shameful acts punishable by law that they committed," the ministry said in a statement on state-run news agency KUNA.

Demonstrators "tried to run over police officers, destroy equipment and devices, ignite tyres and block roads," it said.

Authorities said 14 people were arrested.

Kuwait's wealth has helped shield it from any major spillover of the Arab Spring pro-democracy revolts. However over the past year police have broken up several marches of stateless demonstrators that attracted hundreds in marginalised neighbourhoods near the capital.

Deadlock between parliament and the government and accusations of graft against a former prime minister have also stirred unrest.

Dozens of Kuwaitis stormed parliament in November in a series of events that eventually led to the dissolution of the assembly and a snap election.

Sarah Willliams 7 years ago

The mothers cant give there Kuwait citizenship to there childrens at least kuwaiti government should look into this urgent .

All the GCC countries have applied this rule

RAH 7 years ago

Incorrect.

None of the GCC countries have applied this rule, Sarah.
Some GCC countries (including Kuwait) ONLY provide citizenship to Kuwaiti mothers on an exceptional/ad-hoc basis.

But no GCC country has this citizenship through the mother as law.