Bahrain urges Britain to protect kingdom`s embassy

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 23:24

London: Bahrain`s foreign ministry has urged Britain to protect its embassy in London as a rooftop protest against the Gulf kingdom`s Sunni rulers stretched into its second day.

Scotland Yard said that the two activists who climbed to the top of the Bahraini embassy remained on the building today, a chilly, rainy day in the British capital.

A banner draped over the building carried pictures of hunger striking human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and senior Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mushaima, both of whom were sentenced to life in prison in Bahrain following last year`s pro-democracy protests there.

The BBC identified the protesters as Mushaima`s son, Ali, and 30-year-old Moosa Satrawi.

"I`m not going down until I hear Mr al-Khawaja call me or Mr Mushaima," Satrawi told the broadcaster. "Otherwise I will jump myself from the roof."

An attempt by The Associated Press to reach Satrawi wasn`t immediately successful. Authorities have said they`ve deployed ambulances to London`s Belgrave Square, home to several major embassies.

Bahrain`s foreign ministry called on Britain to provide the "necessary protection for the embassy premises and its diplomats," urging it to take legal action against the two protesters.

Bahrain is in the grips of a 14-month Shiite uprising against its Sunni rulers. The unrest could complicate efforts by Formula One to hold the Bahrain Grand Prix in four days.


First Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 23:24

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