Bahrain sus­pends main Opp party

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

DUBAI—Bahrain sus­pended the tiny is­land king­dom’s largest Shi­ite political group and froze its as­sets on Tues­day as part of a widen­ing crack­down on ac­tivists and dis­sent five years af­ter the coun­try’s Arab Spring protests.

The Al-We­faq op­po­si­tion group has been sus­pended be­fore as Bahrain has been em­broiled in tur­moil over the protests and lin­ger­ing un­rest that fol­lowed in the years since the demon­stra­tions. How­ever, Bahrain’s Sunni-ruled govern­ment in­creas­ingly has tar­geted ac­tivists in re­cent days, which has seen one flee for Den­mark and an­other, pre­vi­ously par­doned by its king, de­tained again.— AP

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