General strike could affect thousands in Bahrain

Union members ready to strike should Bahrain protests be hindered

Bahrain union members have threatened a nationwide strike tomorrow. A decision is expected overnight. Photo: Getty.
Bahrain union members have threatened a nationwide strike tomorrow. A decision is expected overnight. Photo: Getty.

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A proposed nationwide strike in support of ongoing demonstrations could involve thousands of people in Bahrain tomorrow.

The General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions which represents more than 60 organisations and some of Bahrain’s largest companies, has called for a general strike in support of the demonstrations.

Plans for the strike were drawn up before the military and police withdrew from the epicentre of the demonstrations at the Pearl Roundabout on Saturday afternoon. The GFBTU had said at the time that the strike would go ahead if tanks were not removed from the street and that people weren’t allowed to protest freely.

In a statement to local newspaper the Gulf Daily News GFBTU assistant secretary for the private sector Karim Radhi said the terms of the strike depend on two key points.

"We are calling for people to strike until all military forces are withdrawn and the peaceful protests are allowed to continue without any confrontation," he said.

"We were in the middle of writing the statement when we heard the news that the military has pulled out but there is also another condition to the call; that these people be free to continue demonstrating without being attacked."

Mr Radhi explained the federation would continue to monitor the situation overnight in the hope that violence witnessed in previous days would subside and the strike could be averted.
 

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