Bahrain King sacks Minister of Interior following clash between police and protesters

Published May 22nd, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued Friday night a supreme order appointing Major General Shaikh Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, 50, a Minister of Interior. 


Rashed replaced Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, who was Minister of Interior since 1974.  


This move came after 18 people, including five policemen, were injured when a rally attended by thousands of people to condemn the US attacks in Najaf and Karbala turned violent in Manama Friday as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, The Bahrain Tribune reported. The demonstrators also burned a police Jeep. 


According to the official BNA news agency, the King announced that the citizens of Bahrain "have a legitimate right to express their anger and protest against the aggression that our brothers in religion and Arabism are facing in Palestine, in addition to the profanation of the sacred shrines and violations inside the Iraqi prisons."  


"We share them with these feelings and support them," Hamad said, affirming his own support of the legal peaceful protests. The King pointed out that all concerned authorities in the country should observe and protect that right as long as souls and properties were not jeopardized and peaceful means were not overstepped.  


The Bahraini King emphasized that what happened between the police and demonstrators on Friday was "saddening," noting that facts have to be found and those responsible should face the law. He directed concerned authorities to launch an investigation into the incident. (

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