Bahrain releases women seized in election protest

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 01:46

MANAMA - Bahrain said on Tuesday it had released 25 Shi'ite women arrested last week over a shopping mall protest for political reforms in the Sunni-run Gulf Arab state and denied that they had been abused in detention.

Police detained 45 women who shouted anti-government slogans in a Manama mall a day before parliamentary by-elections boycotted by the main Shi'ite opposition party Wefaq.A government statement described the women, who included seven minors, as "racing through the mall, causing panic among families carrying out their weekend shopping".


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