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Bahraini PM: We will forcefully confront protests this week

Al Ahed news

Bahrain’s prime minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa said yesterday his government would “forcefully confront” protests called for later this week, and warned those involved that they would be punished, Bahraini state news agency BNA reported.

“The government will forcefully confront suspicious calls to violate law and order and those who stand behind them through decisive measures,” Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa said after a meeting to discuss preparations to confront anti-government protests.

“It will punish (those) who stand behind them in line with recommendations of the National Council (parliament), which represents the will of the people of Bahrain,” he added.

The warning came in reaction to a plan by the opposition to hold a major demonstration on August 14, when the country will hold celebrations of independence from the UK.

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