Unauthorized protests are expected to be held across Bahrain on Monday, December 17, according to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). A heightened security presence is expected and clashes with protesters cannot be ruled out. Business closures are also expected on Monday due to the observance of National Day.
December 17 is the observed holiday for National Day to commemorate the anniversary of independence and the beginning of the Khalifa family's rule.
Members of the majority Shi'a community often stage protests and demonstrations, which can result in the use of force and arrests by security forces.
Individuals in Bahrain are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence in the vicinity of demonstrations.
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