February 18, 2011 / 5:00 PM / 8 years ago

Kuwait stateless hold protest, demand citizenship

KUWAIT, Feb 18 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 stateless people protested in Kuwait on Friday demanding citizenship, and dozens were arrested by police, witnesses said.

Security forces forcefully dispersed the demonstration, using smoke bombs and water cannon after protesters ignored warnings to leave. There were no reports of casualties.

The stateless people, longtime residents of Kuwait known as bedoun, were demanding citizenship, free education, free health care and jobs — benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. (Reporting by Kuwait newsroom; Writing by Martina Fuchs; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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