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Bahrain opposition activist arrested


Bahraini opposition activist Dr Hala Shehabi has been arrested just days after criticising the
government’s decision to go-ahead with last weekend’s Grand Prix.

The human rights campaigner was detained with several international journalists while driving on the Budaiya highway, a road that connects several largely Shia villages west of the capital, Manama.

A correspondent and producer from Britain’s Channel 4 news were also detained before being deported.

Shehabi and her driver were released after seven hours.

Anti-government protests continued on Sunday after a week of clashes with police that saw at least one man killed. Youths burned tyres and blocked roads to mark Bahrain’s Formula 1 race day.

Demonstrators denounced the event as a PR stunt by Bahrain’s ruling family following last year’s Arab Spring protests, which led to the deaths of more than 80 people. The Bahrain government has accused activists of exaggerating the unrest and sabotaging the country’s image.

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