Bahrain: Unions call off general strike

Union officials call off demonstration, claiming its demands were met

Union officials have called off a general strike planned for Bahrain today. Photo: Getty.
Union officials have called off a general strike planned for Bahrain today. Photo: Getty.

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Union officials have called off a general strike in Bahrain today, saying that police and the military had complied with conditions that allowed for peaceful protest set out by the unions.

The General Federation of Bahraini Trade Unions, which represents more than 60 organisations and some of Bahrain’s largest companies, called for a general strike in support of the public demonstrations that are centred on the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

Tensions hit a peak when security forces were sent in to alleviate the protest last week. At least four people were killed and more than 230 injured after forces opened fire on protestors. Security forces have since been withdrawn from the area so that negotiations between protestors and officials may begin.

Had the strike taken place, thousands of workers would have taken to the streets in support of the public demonstrations in the Bahraini capital.

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