Ahlul Bayt News Agency, Shia Muslim annual march in support of the Palestinian 
Intifada was yesterday cancelled by Bahraini bigot authorities

More than 20,000 Shia Muslims and non - Shias of all faiths were expected to 
turn out for the demonstration from Bahrain Mall to Dana Mall yesterday 
afternoon but organisers were forced to pull the plug a matter of hours before 
it was due to start.

However, a separate Al Quds Day celebration went ahead as planned in Billad Al 
Qadeem last night.

The Interior Ministry had issued an order as early as last Saturday for the 
march to be cancelled but it was left until the last minute to officially call 
it off, as leaders battled to overturn the decision.

Speaking to the GDN yesterday, organising committee head Dr Maitham Al Salman 
expressed his disappointment at the cancellation.

"We have been holding this event for the last 10 years. It is a peaceful demo 
involving representatives from all political parties," he said.

"The ministry asked us on August 28 to stop the demonstration.

"However, we did not lose hope and entered into discussions with those 
concerned. When it got to last night and we could not reach a conclusion, we 
had to inform people that it was cancelled.

"We are very disappointed but there is nothing we can do. It is always held on 
the last Friday of Ramadan, so we will now have to wait until next year."

Run by a group of political, religious and social organisations, the event was 
being staged to mark International Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day. Organisers had set 
up banners and advertisements for the march across the country and promoted it 
through specialised pages on Facebook and Twitter.

More than 10,000 people attended the Al Quds Day celebration in Billad Al 
Qadeem, which featured speeches by prominent religious and political figures on 
the plight of the Palestinian people.

"They (the ministry) wanted to cancel both events but political figures 
intervened and so they allowed the second celebration to go ahead," Dr Al 
Salman said.

The cancellation of the rally followed calls by Dr Al Salman earlier this week 
for participants to ensure a peaceful day. He advised people to bring only 
Palestine-related flags and banners to reflect unity against normalisation with 
the Zionists.

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