Protesters on roof of Bahraini Embassy in London

Two people unfurl banner carrying pictures of hunger striking human rights activist
Protesters on roof of Bahraini Embassy in London
Bahrain foreign minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 16 Apr 2012 10:04 PM

Two protesters climbed onto the roof of the Bahraini Embassy in London on Monday in a protest aimed at the Gulf kingdom's ruling family.

On Twitter, a user identifying himself as Moosa Abd Ali said the activists had occupied what he called the "Al Khalifa den", a reference to Bahrain's ruling family.

A banner draped over the building carried pictures of hunger striking human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and senior Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mushaima, Associated Press reported.

Bahrain News Agency cited the Foreign Ministry of Bahrain who referred to the protesters as "terrorists".

The Foreign Ministry also urged the British Government to "assume its legal responsibility fully and provide necessary protection for the embassy premises, diplomats and employees in conformity with the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations", BNA said.

The protest comes just days after Formula 1 chiefs said this year's race, planned for April 22, would go ahead.

The race was called off last year amid security fears, and Bahrain's leaders are pushing hard to bring back the event as a sign of stability in the island nation.

London's Metropolitan Police said Monday that it was preparing a statement on the embassy incident.

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