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Kuwait police warn they will crack down on protesters

Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak demonstrate on July 2, 2014 in Kuwait CityPolice in Kuwait warned Friday they will deal firmly with any violence by protesters after two nights of confrontations with activists demanding the release of a detained opposition leader. “The interior ministry affirms that any form of violence or riot will be dealt with firmly… and will continue to prevent such practices by using force,” a ministry statement said. Thousands of opposition activists staged noisy protests the previous two nights after the public prosecutor remanded prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak for 10 days pending trial on charges of insulting the judiciary. The protesters marched on the central jail southwest of Kuwait City amid violent incidents with police using stun grenades and tear gas to disperse angry youths who blocked a major highway and other roads and stoned riot police.

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