Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Kuwait

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Kuwait

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Feb. 7: Interior Minister Shaykh Jaber al- Khaled Al Sabah resigned over the death of a man allegedly tortured by police. The emir replaced him with a close relative. Shaykh Jaber was due to appear in Parliament for questioning after a Kuwaiti man arrested for illegal liquor sales was allegedly tortured to death while in police custody on January 11. [BBC, 2/7]

Feb. 19: At least 1,000 stateless Arabs demonstrated in Kuwait to demand citizenship, marking the first such protest in Kuwait. The estimated 100,000 stateless Arabs living in Kuwait claimed that they had the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government said that ancestors of many of the protestors came from neighboring countries and were therefore not entitled to nationality. The demonstration in Jahra led to dozens of arrests, and at least 30 were wounded after security forces dispersed the protestors using smoke bombs and water cannons. [Al-Jazeera, 2/19]

Mar. 8: Several hundred Kuwaitis protested to demand greater political freedoms and the resignation of the Prime Minister Shaykh Nasser al-Muhammad Al Sabah. The emir was the final authority in all political matters in Kuwait, and some protestors also called for a more sweeping change to the absolute power of the Al Sabah family. …

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