During a demonstration in Kuwait City on Wednesday night, dozens of protestors forced their way into Parliament to demand the removal of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah.
The protestors stormed in during a National Assembly debate on whether or not the Prime Minister should be investigated on corruption allegations: Kuwait's Central Bank recently reported that millions of dollars had been transferred from government funds into the accounts of two unnamed government officials.
The people want to bring down the head (of government), the crowds chanted, according to Reuters. They also sang the national anthem before leaving the building and joining hundreds more protestors outside.
Recently protests have been Kuwait's first major foray into the Arab Awakening demonstrations. Thanks to its massive oil-wealth, Kuwait has been able to fund a rich welfare system, which some credit to be the reason that Kuwaitis have remained relatively loyal to the emir and to the government.
Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who is the uncle of the prime minister, said on Thursday that the demonstrations at Parliament are an unprecedented step on the path to anarchy and lawlessness.
It poses a threat to the security, the stability and the public order in the country and there is no way such an act can be tolerated or disregarded in any way, the ruler said at a meeting with senior officials, according to CNN.
Sabah ordered the interior ministry and the National Guard to use whatever means necessary to ensure the security of the country, a dangerous sentiment when compared to the situations in Syria.
Kuwait will not be the scene of chaos, vandalism and planned interference, the emir stated.
“We have a constitution, and it should have saved us from these kind of clashes. Instead both the government and the opposition are using unconstitutional means to get their way, Ebthal al-Khateeb, a professor of English Literature at Kuwait University, told Time Magazine.
Video of Wednesday's protest is below. One thing to notice about the video is that it appears that both the parliamentarians and protestors are exclusively men. Women only obtained the right to vote in 2005, and the first four female national assembly members were voted into office in 2009. While women are gaining more rights in Kuwait, is it still a male-dominated society.