Bahrain parliament upholds banning protests in capital – reports

Bahraini demonstrators hold pictures of Bahraini senior Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassem during a protest against the regime and to show solidarity with the cleric in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on May 17, 2013. (AFP Photo)Bahraini demonstrators hold pictures of Bahraini senior Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassem during a protest against the regime and to show solidarity with the cleric in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, on May 17, 2013.

MPs in Bahrain have recommended banning all protests in the capital, Manama, to safeguard people and businesses, according to Al-Arabiya. Unconfirmed reports on Twitter say the bill has already been signed by the king.

RT Arabic sources in the opposition circles confirm the bill has passed the parliament.

Reports also suggest that bill which also recommends raising grip on social media has already been signed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

 King approves National Assembly recommendations .. now that was FAST ..

Before the vote, Bahrain’s Justice Minister Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, had been calling for stronger measures against escalating violence in the kingdom. In a special parliamentary session to discuss the mounting violence he warned that the almost 30-month unrest could be prolonged.

Khalifa added that Bahrain must quell “terrorism” before there can be any discussions about reconciliation.

Bahrain has been witnessing mass protests since February 2011, when thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Manama demanding democratic reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. Home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, while over 75 per cent of the population is Shiite.

Protesters have repeatedly clashed with security forces in the capital and all across the country. The Bahraini government has often referred to protesters as “terrorists,” and recently used a car bomb explosion outside a Sunni mosque as a pretext to ban the opposition protests in several Shiite villages.

At least 80 people have been killed in Bahrain since the uprising began, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.

(Source / 28.07.2013)

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