Bahrain slips into state of emergency as unrest continues

16th Mar 2011

Authorities in Bahrain have declared a three month state of emergency following the resurgence of political unrest in the country.

Special forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have entered the country in recent days, with the domestic security apparatus struggling to control demonstrations.

At least two people have been killed in sometimes violent clashes today, with protestors blocking access roads to the capital Manama.

Pearl Roundabout has once again been the focus of demonstrations along with the Bahrain Financial Harbour.

Foreign Office officials have warned British citizens against “all but essential” travel to the destination following an increase in protests over recent days.

Protests started over a month ago, following the lead of similar uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

However, events in Bahrain have a religious perspective, with protestors calling for reform of the Sunni monarchy and are threatening to march on the royal palace if their demands are not met.

Bahrain International Airport remains open, however, with travellers able to leave the country if necessary.

Earlier this month, the FCO also warned Britons against all travel to the Middle Eastern state of Yemen because of increasing violence.

Libya remains off limits as forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi violently attempt to reassert control over the east of the country following a military uprising.


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