Unauthorized protests are expected to take place across Bahrain beginning the evening (local time) of Wednesday, March 13, through Thursday, March 14. The February 14 Youth Coalition is calling for supporters to carry out acts of civil disobedience to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the deployment of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC’s) Peninsula Shield Force into the country. The youth group is also calling for a strike on Thursday. Other associated protests and business disruptions are possible in the coming days. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected throughout Bahrain. Security forces are likely to use tear gas and other means of force to disperse anti-government demonstrations, which may result in clashes between protesters and security forces.
The Peninsula Shield Force was deployed into Bahrain on March 14, 2011, from Saudi Arabia in response to the Arab Spring uprising. Bahrain's Shi'a Muslims accuse the royal family and the government of marginalizing their community. Anti-government protests first erupted in Bahrain on February 14, 2011 (termed the "Day of Rage"), particularly in Shi'a areas, as part of the broader Arab Spring movement.
Individuals in Bahrain are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all gatherings and protests due to potential violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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