Minister Interior slams thugs for targeting expatriates

Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Interior Minister
Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa issued a strong statement against attacks targeting expatriates by radical youth associated with hardline elements in the opposition.

The statement came in response to a brutal “home invasion” on an accommodation in Bani Jamra that left six Asian expatriates injured a week ago. According to details five Indian nationals and one from Bangladesh were attacked by 15 masked men and beaten with iron pipes, “leaving two of them with fractures.”

This was just the latest in a series of attacks on expatriate laborers since the political unrest of February 2011, including the death of an Indian who was trapped in his accommodation when it was hit by petrol bombs this past June.

“This campaign of terror and intimidation against expats who have contributed so much to the development of Bahrain is absolutely unacceptable. Violations will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” HE stated as he reiterated that Police forces remain vigilant in safeguarding the security of all citizens and residents.

The Minister went on to say “We will not stand idle while domestic terrorists attempt to hold our citizens and residents hostage for their own personal gains.”

A videotaped interview with a European family who were attacked with petrol bombs while in the car was released on September 29th and has outraged Bahrainis and expats alike.

The expatriate community plays a critical role in Bahrain, with many of them choosing to make their homes in the Kingdom. About their participation in the National Dialogue last year, Parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani said “Expatriates have always been considered an important component of the Bahraini society as they play a vital role in the progress of this country.”

The Bahrain Federation of Expatriate Associations (BFEA), has condemned violence in all its forms and urges all those responsible for such violence, threats, and intimidation to cease their illegal actions that threaten individuals and society as a whole. They have also stated that they have faith and full confidence in the Ministry of Interior for maintaining safety, security, and law and order.

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