On the International Day of Non-Violence, the stateless community of Kuwait decided to protest to demand their right to citizenship. The community has been protesting, on and off, since February 2011. Over the past two years, the self-acclaimed ‘Gulf democracy' has arrested more than 200 protesters, put them on trial, fabricated charges against them, and then acquitted them. This Tuesday, the protest was different as it attracted more than 3,000 protesters, foreign media, and several NGOs.
In the past weeks, the protesters were way smaller, comparatively, of a community estimated to be about 120,000 of Kuwait's 3 million population. Bedoon translates to without - and in this case refers to Kuwaitis with no official documents like passports and ID cards.
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