Turkish group protests Bahrain's king

AP , Sunday 4 Sep 2011

Turkish rights activists protest the Bahraini king's visit, accusing his Sunni dynasty of heavy-handed crack-downs on pro-democracy demonstrators

King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa (Photo:Reuters)

A Turkish rights group has protested the visit by the king of Bahrain, accusing his Sunni dynasty of carrying out a brutal crackdown on demonstrations for greater rights by the Gulf nation's Shiite majority.

The state-run Anatolia news agency says dozens of members of the pro-Islamic advocacy group Mazlumder gathered outside Bahrain's embassy in Ankara on Sunday and burned posters of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa who is paying a private visit to Turkey.

Hundreds of people have been arrested since Bahrain protests began in February inspired by other Arab uprisings.

Turkey, NATO's biggest Muslim member, has called for reform and an end to violence following the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

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