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Mass Protests Against Gov't Still Peaceful in Kuwait

Tens of thousands of Kuwaiti protesters have remained peaceful in the capital as they demonstrate against the country's government.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 12/9/2012, 11:44 PM

Kuwaiti protesters pray before marching
Kuwaiti protesters pray before marching
Reuters

Tens of thousands of Kuwaiti protesters have remained peaceful in the capital as they demonstrate against the country's government.
The parliament was elected last week in rules the opposition deemed unfair.

An emergency decree in October reduced the number of votes per citizen to one, from four. As a result, the opposition decided to boycott the December 1 election, protesting instead that amendments to electoral law allows the government to control outcomes at the polls.

Police did not interfere as protesters expressed their anger for the second week in a row on Saturday in Kuwait City.

"This parliament is illegitimate, this amendment is illegal,” they chanted, marching towards Kuwait Towers, a major landmark, wearing orange, the color of the protest movement.

Fawaz al-Enezi, a youth organizer of the protest, told AFP, “We demand scrapping the new parliament, the law amendment, reforming the judiciary and writing a new constitution.”

Thus far, there has been no violence at any of the demonstrations.