Kuwait urges end to citizenship protests

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 21:12

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait's  parliament speaker on Sunday appealed for an end to three days of protests by the descendants of desert nomads demanding citizenship and the generous state benefits that go with it.

Hundreds of stateless Arabs staged protests Sunday for a third day to press for Kuwait to recognize them as citizens.

The official KUNA news agency quoted parliament speaker Jassem al-Kharafi as saying Kuwait's ruling emir would study the grievances, but urged the demonstrations to cease.

Al-Kharafi also denied that authorities overstepped their bounds. Police on Saturday fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, who hold no nationality but have settled in Kuwait for generations. They seek access to Kuwaiti benefits such as free health care and state jobs.


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