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Britain’s prince Charles clinches deal with despotic Bahraini regime

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Press TV

British monarch prince Charles has entered a deal with the brutal regime of Bahrain, thus “giving legitimacy to one of the world’s most repressive regimes”.

Prince Charles ratified the £700,000 deal on behalf of his architecture group who will advise the Bahraini regime on housing and planning.

The deal was signed by Hank Dittmar, CEO of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, and Bahrain’s housing minister Basim Alhamer earlier this month, according to Bahrain News Agency. It followed a meeting between Alhamer and Prince Charles at Clarence House on April 26.

The Prince’s Foundation will be overseeing the construction of a new 4,000-unit housing project in the south of Bahrain.

The project will take inspiration from Poundbury, the model village in Dorset created by Prince Charles 20 years ago. A team from the Foundation will visit Bahrain later this month to begin work.

Representatives of Bahrain have visited Poundbury on numerous occasions – in April 2007 Charles gave the Crown Prince of Bahrain a personal tour.

“The deal is already being used for PR purposes by the Bahraini royal family, helping to deflect attention from the human suffering and repression they’re inflicting on their own people,” said Republic’s chief executive Graham Smith. ”It seems that as far as Charles is concerned it’s fine to support despots and tyrants as long as they call themselves ‘prince’ or ‘king’.”

“Serious questions need to be asked about the nature of Prince Charles’s engagements, which his press office love to crow about when claiming he works hard for Britain. This meeting with the Bahrainis was all about pushing his own hobby horse and securing a deal for his friends at the Prince’s Foundation.”…

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