Kuwait to review citizenship over threats to security

Kuwaiti security arrive at the scene as supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak burn tires as they demonstrate early on July 5, 2014 in Kuwait CityKuwait ordered its interior ministry Monday to review citizenship of people who threaten national security and vowed an “iron fist” policy, in a crackdown on dissent following violent protests. Riot police earlier this month clashed with demonstrators protesting over the arrest and detention of prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak for allegedly insulting the judiciary. In a string of decisions against “acts of riots and violence,” the cabinet of the oil-rich Gulf state ordered the interior ministry to start screening citizenship of people “who undermine the country’s security and stability”. The cabinet, in a statement, asked “the interior ministry to take all necessary measures to ensure that terms and conditions for citizenship and national belonging contained in the nationality law are fully met, particularly with regards to practises undermining security and stability”.

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