Witnesses: Kuwaiti police beat, arrest protesters

December 16, 2011 20:01

KUWAIT - Kuwait's riot police beat up some protesters and arrested 25 during a demonstration on Friday by stateless Arabs demanding Kuwaiti nationality rights, witnesses and an observer with a human rights group said.

A 14-year-old boy was among those beaten up and apprehended, the observer with the Kuwait Human Rights Society, who witnessed part of the protest, told Reuters.

Protests by the stateless Arabs, known as Bidoons, are usually on a small scale and in marginalized neighborhoods outside the capital, Kuwait City.

On Friday, about 200 stateless Bidoons gathered outside their ramshackle houses in al-Jahra province, northwest of Kuwait City. Some held up Kuwait's national flag and placards calling for citizenship rights, witnesses said.

The police chased them down alleys in their poor neighborhoods and into their homes, beating some of them, the witnesses reported.

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