Bahrain's new political group holds gathering on National Day
Bahrain's new political group Sahwat Al Fateh on Friday gathered at Al Fateh Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, in the capital of Manama calling for peace and prosperity of the country to mark the 40th National Day Xinhua reported
The group's supporters vowed to work with national unity and fight political strife. They also shouted slogans against the country's biggest opposition party Al Wefaq National Islamic Society.
It plans to hold gathering every Friday and invites all youth to join in and make their voices heard.
On Thursday, anti-government protesters launched their new initiative called Occupy Budaiya Highway. They intended to occupy over five km area covering key roundabouts and junctions.
However, security forces dispersed the crowd using tear gas and took control of the situation.
Bahraini Zainab Al Khawaja, daughter of leading opposition figure Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, was arrested by police on charges of attacking police officers and inciting hatred, the Interior Ministry said.
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in its comprehensive report released last month stated that 41 civilians, including four expatriates, four policemen and a Bahrain defense officer were killed during the anti-government protests.
The report said that over 1,500 Bahraini workers were dismissed from public and private sector during the unrest for their participation in illegal protests or expressing their views.
The Bahraini government has set up a National Commission to follow up on the BICI recommendations and is mandated to complete is work by February.