Kuwait cracks down on opposition protests
Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration, according to Agence France Presse.
Thousands of people gathered in Kuwait City Wednesday evening in protest of the detention of prominent former opposition leader Mussallam Al Barrak.
The former MP was ordered to a ten-day detention for supposedly "insulting the judiciary," according to the AFP report.
Barrak will then start his official hearing on July 7.
Opposition MPs held an emergency session this week to "decide on further action" in response to Barrak's detention.
While opposition leaders met, thousands protested outside Barrak's home and then marched to the jail where he is under detention, activists told AFP.
When the protesters reached the prison, police fired teargas and stun grenades on the group. Other smaller protests outside of the capital were also reported, and it is not yet clear if anyone was hurt in the crackdown on the demonstrations.
Most of Kuwait's opposition groups are no longer represented in parliament after they decided to boycott a 2013 election in response to the country's new electoral law.