Despotic vs Democratic: Gulf States Suppress Rallies with US Blessing

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Eric Draitser
November 5, 2012
03:53

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Despotic vs Democratic: Gulf States Suppress Rallies with US Blessing
by grtv

Local activists in Kuwait say security forces have detained dozens of pro-democracy campaigners in the latest clampdown on a rally in the Gulf nation.

Riot police used stun grenades and smoke bombs against thousands of demonstrators who defied a ban on public gatherings, protesting against new voting rules.

Sunday's rally became the third major protest in the past few days.

Geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser says Gulf monarchies confidently take undemocratic measures, comfortable in the knowledge they have the support of the US.

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