After foreign workers received hostile messages from the ‘Coalition Youth of 14 February Revolution’, foreign ambassadors have been reassured that expat communities in Bahrain will be kept safe under an enhanced protection plan.
London, UK (Pryce Warner International) February 17th, 2012 - It is understood that the threats, which were received by numerous workers, were sent from anti-government protesters on the anniversary of a series of demonstrations and open displays of violence that took place this time last year.
Pakistani Ambassador Jauhar Saleem commented on the development: "In the GCC region expatriates have played an important role in the economies, politics and societies of their host countries. Bahrain has given them a lot in terms of opportunities for work and life. It is a mutually beneficial relationship based on trust and that is how it should be taken. That is how Bahrainis see it. I have been assured by the government that all possible measures and protection will be put in place to protect foreign expatriates and we trust them."
According to Indian Ambassador Mohan Kumar, Indian expats who were predominantly caught up in last year’s protests have reported no such issues this year. Kumar also commented on the newspaper reports: "My attention was drawn to such a letter through the newspaper reports and as yet no Indian national has come forward about receiving any letter or with any complaints. The safety of citizens is most important but no added security measures are being put in place (by the embassy)."
However, there have been reports of attacks against Indians with the latest occurring as recently as February 2nd in Manama against one Narinjan Singh Makhan Singh.
By Anthony Standring
Pryce Warner International Group
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