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Crowd control: Bahrain bans all public gatherings

Posted By admin On October 30, 2012 @ 3:37 am In World News | Comments Disabled

RT [1]
Oct 30, 2012

Bahraini authorities have prohibited protest gatherings and rallies until further notice, a day after police cracked down heavily on demonstrators, once again during the 20-month fatality-riddled unrest.

The statement made by the country’s Interior Ministry did not define precise measures that could be taken should new protests occur.

A curfew and special military tribunals were introduced several months into uprising that began in Bahrain in February 2011. AP reported that the early period of the unrest left at least 50 people dead in the violence.

However, Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa stressed that “rallies and gatherings will be considered illegal, and legal action will be taken against anyone calling for or taking part in them.”

The news comes only a day after security forces cracked down on protesters next to the capital, Manama, using teargas and rubber bullets. Demonstrators took to the streets to rally for the release of political prisoners – and against the long-standing rule of the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Just under two weeks ago, Bahrain detained [2] four people after they reportedly defamed the King via Twitter. The four were held for seven days pending trial, according to the official Bahrain News Agency. The authorities gave no further details on the suspects or the contents of their tweets. The trial date and the suspects’ fate remain unknown.

One of the most prominent opposition activists in the country, Nabeel Rajab [3] is currently challenging the three-year jail sentence for allegedly encouraging illegal protests and violence in Bahrain via Twitter. His next hearing will take place on November 8.


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[1] RT: http://rt.com/news/bahrain-ban-demonstration-protest-554/

[2] detained: http://rt.com/news/bahrain-four-arrested-twitter-729/

[3] Nabeel Rajab: http://rt.com/news/bahrain-activist-rajab-jail-819/

[4] Bahrain King says Forces Have Foiled Foreign Plot: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bahrain-king-says-forces-have-foiled-foreign-plot.html

[5] ‘Bahrain king puts $42bn in Swiss bank’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bahrain-king-puts-42bn-in-swiss-bank.html

[6] Saudi Arabia sends tanks to riot-hit Bahrain – paper: http://www.prisonplanet.com/saudi-arabia-sends-tanks-to-riot-hit-bahrain-%e2%80%93-paper.html

[7] Saudi Arabia Prepares To Enter Bahrain: http://www.prisonplanet.com/saudi-arabia-prepares-to-enter-bahrain.html

[8] Bahrain repressed protesters with West’s tacit approval – Amnesty International: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bahrain-repressed-protesters-with-wests-tacit-approval-amnesty-international.html

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