facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Demonstrations planned Friday in Bahrain

July 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, July 11 (UPI) -- The British government has warned its citizens in Bahrain to be aware of their surroundings because of the possibility for violent protests this week.

The government said an authorized demonstration is planned Friday in a village west of the capital Manama. A travel warning issued Thursday said there may be attempts by protesters to use gasoline bombs and improvised explosive devices during the demonstration.

"As a result there could be clashes between government security forces and protesters," the advisory said.

A Shiite-led uprising in 2011 left dozens of people dead during a government crackdown. The Sunni-led monarchy in Bahrain was criticized for its harsh response to the protests. Human rights groups say several opposition leaders were unjustly imprisoned and tortured while in custody.

The British advisory said there was no direct threat against its citizens, though caution is advised during the course of the next few days.

Human Rights Watch said in a June report there are policies in place to "stifle civic and political groups" operating in Bahrain. Some laws make it so the government can take over or dissolve "more or less at will" civic organizations viewed as critical of the government or its general policies.

Bahrain says it's following reform recommendations outlined by an independent commission of inquiry investigating the 2011 uprising.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
2
World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State
3
Lobbyist Thomas 'Tommy' Boggs dies of heart attack
4
Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos
5
Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black' Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback