Kuwait frees opposition leader after arrest of protesters

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KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait released a leading opposition activist after thousands of his supporters protested his detention, prompting the Interior Ministry to round up several “rioters and inciters of violence.”

Musallam Al-Barrak was freed today on bail of $35,574, his lawyer Mohamed al-Jassim said by phone. Crowds gathered Wednesday night in the Al-Andalus residential area, southwest of Kuwait City, and marched to the central prison where he was being held after his arrest on Oct. 29 for statements critical of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

“The rioters were referred to interrogation for blocking the traffic at several intersections, harming public and private interests, stirring panic among citizens and ignoring the instructions of the security services,” the ministry said, according to the state-run KUNA news agency.

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