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Bahrain arrests teachers' union head for incitement

President of Bahrain Teachers’ Society is being investigated for calling for regime change and civil disobedience

Bahrain arrests teachers' union head for incitement
BAHRAIN ARREST: The president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Society has been arrested as part of an investigation into incitement against the government

The president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Society has been arrested as part of an investigation into incitement against the government, the nation’s news agency said.

Mahdi Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb is being investigated for calling for regime change and civil disobedience, the agency said late yesterday, citing a statement by the military prosecutor’s office.

Another man was apprehended for “masterminding” the murders of two policemen and will appear before the National Safety Court to face charges, it said.

About a dozen people have been killed in more than a month of Shiite-led protests calling for increased civil rights and democracy in the Sunni-ruled country. The government declared a three-month state of emergency on March 15 after troops from Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf states arrived to support the administration. The government and its entities have been cracking down on people it believes helped incite the protests.

Bahrain University fired a college dean, seven teachers, and 25 administrators, and expelled 62 students due to “acts of vandalism,” the news agency also reported yesterday. The university suspended eight students and ended the scholarships of five students enrolled in PhD programs at universities abroad, the news agency said.

“A group of citizens” have submitted a request to public prosecutor Ali Bin Fadhl Al Buainain, urging him to take legal action against seven political associations in Bahrain they accused of “calling for regime change,” according to another report by the agency late yesterday.

The murder trial of the two policemen killed during the unrest in the island state continued for a second session yesterday before the Lower National Safety Court yesterday, the agency reported. A “group of people” have been accused of the murder, and “other suspects” remain at large, it said.