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Residents picket Wa'ad meeting over BICI report

A MEETING hosted by an opposition group to discuss the aftermath of an independent inquiry into Bahrain's unrest was picketed by local residents yesterday.

The National Democratic Action Society (Wa'ad) hosted the event at its headquarters in Umm Al Hassam.

However, some of the society's neighbours turned out to express their support for the government.

Police were dispatched to ensure the protest outside the society remained peaceful.

"The police came to the scene and told us to keep away from them (protesters), but now there isn't anyone outside the headquarters," Wa'ad deputy secretary-general Redha Al Mousawi said after the meeting had finished.

He added that discussions focused on the National Commission established to propose how best to implement recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).

"The (BICI) report clearly stated that this commission should be created out of esteemed people from the government, political opposition societies and civil societies," he said.

"Out of the group, the majority are from the government's side.

"Secondly, the commission should implement and follow the recommendations.

"Otherwise, just observing what is going on at the moment and offering suggestions means that it lacks power.

"Thirdly, opposition societies were not invited in writing to join the commission." Members of seven opposition societies and organisations covering women's issues, human rights and labour issues were present.



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