Bahrain bans pro-Gaza march
After a protest ban announced last month, Bahrain continued to reject
requests by various groups to organize a pro-Gaza march, instead allowing
sit-ins in office building
AFP , Sunday 18 Nov 2012
Bahrain rejected requests by several groups to organise a pro-Gaza march on
Sunday, after a protest ban announced last month, but instead allowed
sit-ins in office buildings, the interior ministry said.
"Several political associations asked that they be allowed to organise a
march to the UN offices in Manama this afternoon (Sunday) under the slogan
'Save Gaza'," a ministry statement received by AFP said.
Israel launched a ferocious air operation against the Gaza Strip on
Wednesday in retaliation for rocket attacks by the militant groups. So far
more than 50 Palestinians and three Israelis have died, with hundreds of
Bahrain's interior ministry "told the organisers that their requests for a
march have been rejected in order to preserve security in implementation of
the decision to ban demonstrations and gatherings," it said.
Instead, it "suggested holding solidarity sit-ins in the headquarters" of
these groups, it said.
Late last month, Bahrain banned all protests and gatherings to ensure
"security is maintained," after clashes between Shiite-led demonstrators and
security forces in the Sunni-ruled country.
The Gulf state has experienced unrest since March last year when the
authorities crushed protests led by the Shiite Muslim majority demanding