Kuwaitis to hold demonstration today

The United States Embassy in Kuwait has issued an online alert to US citizens warning of a demonstration that is planned to take place at Al-Erada Square in downtown Kuwait City, close to the National Assembly building at7:00pm on Wednesday, 6 November.

The demonstration, has prior approval from the Ministry of Interior for up to 200 persons, has allegedly been called for by the organizers to protest rising costs, unemployment and other economic hardships. It is not sure how many persons are going to participate in the demonstration.

The embassy noted in its alert that traffic flow in the area could be affected and that police and security force presence will be noticeable.

The embassy called on citizens to keep a low profile, avoid crowds, be aware of surroundings, carry proper identification papers and to monitor local media bulletins for updates.

Incidentally, the demonstrations come following the release from prison yesterday of former opposition lawmaker Fahd Al-Khannah, who received a reprieve on his jail term through an Amiri pardon.

The former lawmaker, along with a dozen other MPs and opposition activists, was sentenced to a three-and-half-year jail term for their role in storming the Parliament following protests eight years ago on 16 November 2011.

Those sentenced had sought refuge abroad to avoid going to prison. Al-Khannah had voluntarily returned to Kuwait last week, and was whisked off to prison to serve his jail term by the authorities. He is reported to have submitted an apology for his actions and pleaded for mercy from His Highness the Amir.