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14 Dec 2018 | 11:13 AM UTC

Bahrain: Anti-government protests expected December 17

Bahrain News Alert

Unauthorized protests expected in Bahrain on December 17; heightened security presence expected and localized disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/17/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bahrain). COUNTRY/REGION Bahrain

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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