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Bahrain latest Arab state to hold protests

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Bahrain latest Arab state to hold protests


A “day of rage” has been called for in Bahrain today, but Sunday also saw clashes in at least one Shia village, Karzakan, following a wedding ceremony.

Opposition Shia groups from the country’s 70 percent majority are angry at the slow pace of reforms that they say have failed to deliver enough prosperity and real change in areas such as housing and unemployment, and discrimination in favour of the Sunni minority, particularly in the realm of government jobs.

Last week the government splashed out in a massive giveaway, granting nearly 2,000 euros to every family on top of increasing food subsidies, and yesterday it pledged there would be greater press freedom.

Bahrain already has a freer press than other parts of the Gulf, and a fledgling democracy, but elections held in October were widely criticised as being unfair, and political volatility remains high.

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