Bahrain police attack Shiite opposition offices
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Last Updated: Friday, December 23, 2011, 21:54
Manama: Security forces in Bahrain have attacked the headquarters of the main Shiite opposition party in the capital with tear gas.

Police forcibly broke up the Al Wefaq party's weekly meeting today and also used tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters attempting to protest in the island kingdom's capital.

The clampdown today was the latest episode in 10 months of unrest between Bahrain's Sunni monarchy and an opposition movement led by the country's majority Shiites.

The attack comes a day after the Interior Ministry banned Al Wefaq leaders from holding the weekly meeting.

Defying government orders, Shiite clerics today also held prayer services on the rubble of mosques that had been bulldozed by authorities earlier this year.


First Published: Friday, December 23, 2011, 21:54

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