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article imageCrown Prince bows out of Royal Wedding due to Bahrain unrest

By Brian Bradley     Apr 30, 2011 in World
Manama - Due to continued political unrest in Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa bowed out of attending the Royal wedding celebration.
In a letter delivered to the office of Prince Charles at Clarence House, the Crown Prince said it was with “deep regret” and “wholehearted apologies,” that he had reached his “considered decision,” to not attend the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
“We were informed that the Crown Prince of Bahrain will no longer be attending the wedding, and the Kingdom of Bahrain would not send anyone in the Crown Prince’s place on behalf of the King,” a representative for the Prince of Wales reported Monday.
The Kingdom of Bahrain has been in upheaval as anti-government protesters campaigning for political freedom and equality continue to clash security forces.
Trouble began on February 14, when plans for a protest in Manama were met with police resistance. At least 14 people were injured after tear gas and rubber bullets were used to break up crowding demonstrators.
The situation has turned so ugly the Bahrainian government called a state of emergency and are relying on Saudi troops to keep order.
According to BBC News, Bahraini government, military and police officials have at times responded violently to protesters. At least 27 anti-government protesters and four police officers have been killed.
When King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa toured part of the country, he reported and assured Bahrainis of the government’s resolve to restore complete normalcy. Over a month later, that has yet to happen.
The invitation of the Crown Prince of Bahrain to the Royal wedding was met with some controversy, with some suggesting the British monarchy supports or even endorses human rights abuses in the Middle East.
BBC News reported the Crown Prince reported was “saddened and troubled” by media reports about his attendance being tied to to the bloodshed in his country and his government’s treatment of the mainly Shia pro-democracy protesters.
"While these [media reports] have certainly highlighted a number of significant issues currently facing the Kingdom of Bahrain, they have fundamentally misrepresented my own views, outlook and position on recent events," the Crown Prince said.
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