Police uses tear gas to disperse rally in Kuwait

March 13, 2011 - 0:0

KUWAIT (Xinhua) - Kuwaiti police on Friday used tear gas to disperse a rally staged by stateless Arabs in a remote area.

Around 200 Bedouins, or stateless Arabs, demonstrated following the morning pray near a mosque in Jahra, around 40 km northwest of Kuwait City, to press the government to grant them citizenship and basic social rights.
Police blocked all the entrance to the rally venue and used tear gas to break up the crowd and they are still on high alert.
Friday's protest followed a bigger rally on Feb. 18 when around one thousand Bedouins took to the streets in Jahra. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested several protestors.
Oil-rich Kuwait houses around 100,000 Bedouins, who have been stripped of citizenship and any kinds of basic social rights.
The Kuwaiti government said the ancestors of these stateless Kuwaitis came from neighboring countries after oil wealth was discovered in the desert nation and are not legal for the rights.
Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah said Thursday the government is keen for an early settlement of the Bedouin issue, or stateless Arabs, in Kuwait.