Iran hardliners sail for Bahrain

Two ships carrying 190 Iranian hardline activists have left for Bahrain, part of an effort to show solidarity with the Shiite majority population of the tiny island nation.

Tehran: Two ships carrying 190 Iranian hardline activists have left for Bahrain, part of an effort to show solidarity with the Shiite majority population of the tiny island nation.

The leader of the group, Mahdi Eghrarian, is quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying that the two ships left the port of Dayyer on Monday, sailing towards Bahrain.

It`s not clear if they will be stopped by Iranian authorities, as two ships were during a similar attempt last month.

In Bahrain, where unrest erupted in February, protesters from the Shiite majority have demanded that the kingdom`s Sunni minority rulers grant them equal rights and a political voice.

Bureau Report

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