22 Oct 2012

Protesters beaten in Kuwait

6:02 am on 22 October 2012

Riot police in Kuwait have beaten opposition protesters gathering for a demonstration against a decision to change the electoral law.

The clashes began when protesters were prevented from gathering at three different sites in Kuwait City and several people were arrested on Sunday.

Organisers immediately changed the venue of the meeting to an alternative location.

Processions are illegal in Kuwait and protesters are allowed to gather only in a square opposite parliament.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah met bedouin tribal chiefs on Sunday, and the official KUNA news agency cited many of them expressing support for him.

Elections are due to be held on 1 December.