Bahrain releases women seized in election protest

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 01:46

 
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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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