- Title: VARIOUS: PROTESTS AGAINST U.S. LED ATTACK AGAINST IRAQ TURN VIOLENT
- Date: 13th April 2003
- Summary: (EU) MANAMA, BAHRAIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (MARCH 21, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV BAHRAIN POLICE REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE BY TRUCK AND JEEP AT US EMBASSY; SLV PEOPLE WAVING LEBANESE HIZBOLLAH FLAG OUTSIDE EMBASSY (3 SHOTS) MV RIOT POLICE WEARING GAS MASKS, HOLDING GUN; SLV BARRICADE/DEBRIS ON GROUND; SLV POLICEMEN IN STREET (3 SHOTS) LV FLAMES/CLOUD OF SMOKE; AV POLICE HELICOPTER HOVERING OVER CLASHES AREA; SLV POLICE JEEP DRIVING FAST AND FIRING TEARGAS AT PROTESTERS (5 SHOTS) SLV PROTESTERS BLOCKING STREET WITH BURNING DUSTBIN; MV PROTESTER SHOWING TEARGAS CANISTER AND SAYS IN ARABIC:'YOU SEE WHAT THEY DOING TO US" (2 SHOTS) SLV PROTESTERS FLEE AFTER POLICE FIRED INTENSIVE ROUND OF TEARGAS; SCU TEARGAS CANISTER ON GROUND (5 SHOTS) SLV PEACEFUL PROTEST AT FATEH STREET, MANAMA; SLV ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS DURING SIT-IN. SCU WOMAN SHOUTING (ARABIC) WE DEMAND THE CLOSURE OF THE (U.S) EMBASSY; MV MAN, WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN T-SHIRT, AMONG PROTESTERS SHOUTING DEATH TO AMERICA; SCU MAN WITH 'NO WAR' SIGN; SLV PROTESTERS SHOUTING 'ALLAH AKBAR (GOD IS GREATER, DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL (6 SHOTS) (EU) AMMAN, JORDAN (MARCH 21, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV PAN AL-WEHDAT REFUGEE CAMP PACKED WITH DEMONSTRATORS; SLV PEOPLE SHOUTING (2 SHOTS) MV PROTESTERS BURNING UNITED STATES AND ISRAELI FLAGS; MV PROTESTER HOLDING PALESTINE FLAG (3 SHOTS) SLV UNION JACK FLAG OF GREAT BRITAIN BEING BURNED SLV PEOPLE MARCHING; SLV PROTESTERS THROWING STONES AT POLICE; SLV POLICE CLASHING WITH PROTESTERS; SLV POLICE FIRING TEARGAS; SLV MORE OF CLASHES; SLV PROTESTERS THROWING STONES (8 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 28th April 2003 13:00
- Location: MANAMA, BAHRAIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: United Arab Emirates Jordan
- Topics: International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVAET0M2HDRKLNTKQ2UXPRGFL1OW
- Story Text: Protest against the U.S. led attack against Iraq have turned violent in neighbouring Jordan and Bahrain, the Gulf kingdom that offered asylum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein before the conflict broke out.
Police in Bahrain beefed up security around the U.S embassy in Manama on Friday (March 21, 2003), following clashes with hundreds of pro-Iraq protesters shouting 'death to America and death to Israel.' Police fired teargas to disperse anti-war demonstrators, gathered outside the U.S embassy to protest against the U.S-led campaign on Iraq.
Protesters later regrouped in the embassy's neighbourhood and clashed with police who retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas. The clashes continued until early evening.
Earlier in the day, at least two thousand anti-U.S protesters staged a sit-in protest in Manama demanding Bahraini authorities to shut down the U.S embassy in the capital.
Few days before the start of the war on Iraq, Bahrain had offered Saddam Hussein and his family asylum in the kingdom.
In Jordan, anti-U.S. protests erupted in the Al-Wehdat refugee camp, the second largest Palestinian camp in the centre of the capital Amman. A crowd estimated at 10,000 protesters shouted anti-war slogans and burned the flags of the United States, Israel and Great Britain.
Violence also broke out in the streets of Amman as demonstrators clashed with police.
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