Interior Ministry: 1000 policemen to stop Bedoon protest

Stateless Arabs, locally known as bidoons, take part in a demonstration in demand of the Kuwaiti citizenship and basic rights, in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on October 2, 2013. Bidoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only 34,000 of a total of over 106,000 qualify for consideration, while the rest hold other nationalities. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

In a usual move, Kuwait’s interior┬áministry┬áhad an urgent meeting to discuss its ‘security plan’ saying they will take ‘very strict steps’ to stop any protests. The statement, published by Al-Qabas today, says that the ministry will not hesitate to use force, if needed, to disperse the protest. It adds: “we have made it clear that we will not allow any Bedoon protests, and we will act accordingly. There will be 1000 policemen (of the special forces) fully ready to end this protest.

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