Kuwaiti protesters storm parliament


Kuwaiti police confront protesters during a demonstrater outside Kuwait's National Assembly in Kuwait City on November 16, 2011.



Thousands of Kuwaiti protesters stormed the parliament late Wednesday night, during a rally in which police were accused of beating up activists.

An opposition MP said the protesters were demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah, Agence France Presse reported.

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Five protesters were said to have been injured.

Reports said police used batons to stop protesters from marching to Sheikh Nasser’s residence.

Lawmaker Mussallam al-Barrak, one of the protest leaders, also called for the dissolution of parliament.

Demonstrators broke through the gates to the parliament building and entered the main chamber, where they sang the national anthem, the BBC reported.

Each week, hundreds of people have been protesting outside parliament against alleged corruption – including opposition politicians.

Some say they will camp outside the parliament until Sheikh Nasser is sacked.