Oct 30 2012

NY Times: Citing Violence, Bahrain Bans All Protests in New Crackdown

Newswire | Published 30 Oct 2012, 9:17 pm | Comments Off on NY Times: Citing Violence, Bahrain Bans All Protests in New Crackdown -

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CAIRO — Citing recent episodes of violence, the government of Bahrain on Tuesday banned all public rallies and demonstrations, a move that drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and opposition activists who said it was intended solely to stifle criticism of the ruling monarchy in the tiny Persian Gulf nation.

In a statement, Bahrain’s interior minister said protests were banned after “repeated violations” by rally organizers, including riots, attacks on property and calls for the overthrow of “leading national figures.” Legal action would be taken against anyone attempting to organize a rally, the statement said.

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