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Thu 7 Jan 2010 09:05 AM

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30,000 set to march in Bahrain over petrol price hike

Political groups, trade unions to take to streets over potential food, petrol price rise.

More than 30,000 people are set to protest in Manama on Friday over a potential increase in petrol prices, it has been reported.

Twelve political societies have joined with trade unions to organise the demonstration, Gulf Daily News reported on Thursday.

Last month Bahrain’s cabinet confirmed it was going to scrap subsidies for staple foods and petrol because it was “unworkable” and should be directed to poorer citizens in great need, the paper reported.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has said no decision has yet been made to increase petrol prices and that subsidy issues were still being studied.

Radhi Al Mousawi, Wa'ad spokesman, told the paper the lack of concrete information had lead them to organise the march, at which he expected at least 30,000 people to attend.

Interior Ministry officials told Gulf Daily News they were aware of the protest, but the paper reported it was unclear whether full permission from the Public Security Directorate had been obtained.

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