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Plea for rally rejected again

PLANS by eight political societies to stage a rally near the Egyptian Embassy in Bahrain have been rejected for a second time.

They had hoped to hold the event after Friday prayers tomorrow in a show of solidarity with people protesting against President Hosni Mubarak.

But police rejected the request on the grounds it is illegal to hold gatherings near diplomatic missions in Bahrain.

Al Wefaq MP Jawad Fairooz told the GDN the associations wanted to demonstrate their support for pro-democracy protesters in cities across Egypt.

A similar request to protest was also rejected by the Interior Ministry on Monday.

The groups include Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, Brotherhood Society, National Democratic Action Society (Wa'ad), Islamic Action Society (Amal), Democratic Progressive Tribune, Democratic Gathering Society, National Gathering Society and Islamic Arabic Wasat Society.

Wa'ad secretary- general, Ibrahim Sharif said all the associations would now meet to discuss their future plan of action.

"We were allowed last month to protest a few kilometres away from the Tunisian Embassy," said Mr Fairooz.

Last month, a group of Egyptians in Bahrain joined their compatriots protesting against their government.

The silent demonstration by a small band of protestors was held outside the Egyptian Embassy in Mahooz.

Meanwhile, police patrols continued to guard the embassy yesterday.



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