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Protests spoil Bahraini Business Seminar in Manchester

by Mark Krantz
Published Thu 13 Oct 2011
Issue No. 2273

The Bahraini delegation passes through the protesters (Pic: Penny Krantz)

The Bahraini delegation passes through the protesters (Pic: Penny Krantz)


Protesters confronted Bahraini prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa as he entered a 'Doing business in Bahrain' seminar with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Sayed Khalil, a student and human rights activsit from Bahrain living in Britain, explained, 'I had to flee to Britain for safety. In Bahrain they were hitting and arresting everyone political, especially the Shia Muslims. Nurses, doctors, engineers, students, women, everyone. My cousin, he lost an eye, he is in prison now.'

Matthew is a nurse at the Manchester Eye hospital. 'I had to be here today, so I took a days leave. In my union branch I will be raising the plight of the nurses and doctors and trades unionists from Bahrain who have been sent to prison. Top businessmen may not be concerned about what is happening, but health workers are.'

'British investors should only put money into the country if it goes to health, education, and development. In Bahrain money will go for guns and for arresting people. Investment will go a regime that is killing the people,' said Adel Marzooq, a Bahraini journalist, now living in Britain.

'We will be contacting the venue to complain. Bridgewater Hall is the home of the Halle Orchestra and they should never have agreed to allow a seminar run by a murderous regime,' said Rhetta Moran from the Human Rights organisation, RAPAR.

This protest was called by the Bahrain Solidarity Campaign (www.rapar.org.uk/bahrain-solidarity-campaign.html), and the Middle East North Africa Solidarity Network (menasolidaritynetwork.com)


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Thu 13 Oct 2011, 14:12 BST
Issue No. 2273
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