Kuwaiti authorities pledged to launch an even harsher clampdown on protest today after thousands defied a ban on demonstrations to demand the release of an opposition leader.
Former MP Musallam al-Barrack - who is accused of insulting the country's emir - was released on 10,000 dinar (£22,000) bail today.
Kuwait banned public gatherings of more than 20 people last week in attempt to quell a rising tide of opposition activism ahead of parliamentary elections planned for December 1.
The oil-rich Western ally's Interior Ministry pledged to take "firm" action against any new demonstrations.
The ministry said a number of protesters were arrested, including a driver who allegedly tried to run over a group of policemen on Wednesday.
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