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Bahrain bans Manama protests through law amendment

(Bahrain-file photo)

Al Ahed news

Bahrain’s King Hamad banned protests in Manama in an amendment to a law on public gatherings prior to a major opposition demonstration to be held in August.

Bahraini authorities further imposed a crackdown on peaceful protesters by stricter penalties on the guardians of minors taking part in protests.

Guardians will be given a warning the first time a juvenile is caught taking part in protests. The minor will undergo vocational training or be sent to a social care center if the act is repeated.

The Bahraini King amended the law to “ban organizing protests, rallies, gatherings or sit-ins in Manama, with the exception of sit-ins outside (offices of) international organizations.”

Moreover, the Bahraini regime has already decided to ban the mid-August protest and warned to strictly punish participants.

At least 80 people have been killed in Bahrain since anti-regime protests erupted two years ago.

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