Security source: Kuwait orders 45 people detained over riot

November 22, 2011 16:00


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KUWAIT - Kuwait's public prosecutor ordered the country's Interior Ministry on Tuesday to arrest 45 people accused of involvement in the storming of the parliament building during an anti-government protest last week, a security source said.

Dozens of protesters, including some opposition lawmakers, forced their way into the assembly on Wednesday and hundreds more demonstrated outside, demanding that Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah step down.

"They do not include lawmakers... The lawmakers will be dealt with separately," the source told Reuters, without elaborating.

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has denounced the storming of parliament as a "black day" and ordered security forces to take "all necessary measures" to maintain public order.

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