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Bahrain gov't workers suspended in new crackdown

A total of 111 Education Ministry employees face the sack for their roles in kingdom's uprisings

Bahrain gov't workers suspended in new crackdown
Flashback to protests in Manama on March 14. (Getty Images)

A total of 111 Education Ministry employees in Bahrain have been suspended from work and are facing the sack for their roles in recent uprisings.

The action comes after 400 people were questioned by the ministry’s investigation committee, Bahrain's official news agency BNA reported.

It said the investigations proved "their clear implication in the recent events which erupted at schools, jeopardised students’ safety and created a sectarian rift".

The Education Ministry has addressed the Civil Service Bureau to take the necessary measures, a statement by the Public Relations and Media Directorate said.

Separately, 21 employees affiliated with the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry have also been suspended, BNA reported.

Minister Dr Jumaa bin Ahmed Al-Kaabi said that more employees would soon know the same fate pending results of the investigations.

He vowed zero tolerance against all employees who "flouted the code of professional ethics and civil service regulations – either joining sit-ins and protests or failing to report to work".

On Thursday, the president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Society was arrested as part of an investigation into incitement against the government.

Mahdi Issa Mahdi Abu Deeb is being investigated for calling for regime change and civil disobedience, BNA said, 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 added.

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.

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American in Kuwait 8 years ago

This type of retribution sends the WRONG message to the rest of the world. It reinforces their discrimination argument.

Mathew Thomas 8 years ago

To: Dear American in Kuwait
Let me ask you a question. If workers in any state dept or private company dont go to work for two weeks, what course of action the dept or the company will take against these workers?
Will they give them bonuses and increases or fire them?
This what happened in Bahrain. People went on strike and didn't go to work for more than 15 days which causes a lot of losses to the govt depts and the private sector. These orgnizations simply applied the labor law, which is a common action any country or org will take in such cases.
Being American living in Kuwait, my advice to you is to check with Americans living in Bahrain to know more what happened in the so called 14 Feb revolution.
Thanks.