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Bahrainis protest against 'Brit interference'

Ambassador alleged to have met with members of the opposition Al Wefaq party.

Bahrainis protest against 'Brit interference'
DISCONTENT: A rally was held in Manama on Tuesday to protest against alleged interference into the Gulf state’s internal affairs by the UK ambassador.

A rally was held outside the British embassy in Bahrain on Tuesday to protest against alleged interference into the Gulf state’s internal affairs by the UK ambassador.

Jamie Bowden is alleged to have met with members of the opposition Al Wefaq parliamentary block, shortly after the latter’s purported attack on Bahrain’s constitution.

More than 300 people attended the protest against the ambassador, which was led by MP Jassim Al Saeedi, according to the Gulf Daily News.

"There have been a number of allegations in the Press in recent days that the British Embassy has been interfering in the domestic affairs of Bahrain," Bowden said in a statement, according to the paper.

"The Embassy stresses that it has not interfered in Bahraini domestic affairs and that in all its dealings it is scrupulously careful to act in accordance with international norms for diplomatic behaviour."

The Gulf Daily News indicated that a parliamentary committee chairman, Adel Al Ma’awada, had previously accused the British embassy of meddling in internal affairs, and had urged the Foreign Ministry to take action.

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