Parliament members join anti-U.S. protests in Bahrain

Monday, January 20, 2003

ABU DHABI Anti-U.S. protests have resumed in Bahrain with thousands of people calling for an end to the American military presence in the kingdom.

Over the weekend, an estimated 3,000 people called for the end of the U.S. military presence in Bahrain. The demonstration included members of the kingdom's parliament.

"This demonstration is a message of protest against the policy of the United States, which seeks to exercise its domination over the world," Ali Salman, a Shi'ite leader, said. "We also want to express our opposition to the use of U.S. bases in our country in a strike on Iraq."

Bahrain has been classified as a major non-NATO ally of the United States. Manama is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Friday's demonstration was the latest in a series of anti-U.S. rallies in Bahrain. Some of the rallies had been advertised as pro-Iraqi and pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

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