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Thursday 27 October 2016 - 13:14
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Bahraini king met with angry protest in London

Bahrains King Hamadbin Isa Al Khalifa has received an angry greetingin London, with protesters condemning the ruling Al Khalifa regime for its crackdown on dissent in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The protest erupted as the Bahraini ruler arrivedto meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Wednesday.

Protesters chanted anti-government slogans and demanded the Manama regime be investigated for its rights abuses.Some of themthrew themselves at a car carrying the king outside Downing Street.

Two prominent Bahraini human rights activists were detained by London police during the rally.

Sayee Alwadaei told Middle East Eye that the police should be investigating the torture allegations coming from Bahrain, the abuses committed by the regime rather than targeting activists or journalists.

International human rights organization Reprieve also raised concerns about the king's visit, which comes only a week after reports that the UK was helping to whitewash government abuse in Bahrain.

Police grab protesters trying to attack the car carrying Bahraini king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as he arrives at Downing Street in London, October 26, 2016. (Photo by AP)Britain is deeply involved with Bahrains interior ministry at every level. The prime minister cannot wash her hands of torture and death sentences in the kingdom, said Harriet McCulloch, deputy director of Reprieve's death penalty team.

Campaign groups have called on May to raise concerns about the death penalty and torture in the country, which hasreceived almost 2 million in aid from Britain.

Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, calling on the Al Khalifah family to relinquish power.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Anti-government protesters hold a banner with picture of Saudi king Salman, reading in Arabic, "We reject Saudi occupation of Bahrain" during clashes in Daih, Bahrain, March 14, 2016. (Photo by AP)[/caption]

Manama has relentlessly beencracking down on dissent. Troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been deployed to the country to assist in the crackdown on peaceful protests.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the Bahraini crackdown on the anti-regime activists.

By Press TV
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