Bahrain imposes curfew in Manama
Manama, March 17, 2011
Bahrain’s security forces imposed a 4pm-4am curfew yesterday (March 16) in Manama until further notice.
It covers the area from the Seef Flyover to traffic lights before the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Causeway, and includes 400 metres on either side of King Faisal Highway.
Residents of this area "should co-ordinate with checkpoints to officially facilitate their movements," said a BDF statement.
Gatherings, rallies, demonstrations and sit-ins are not allowed anywhere in Bahrain until the situation is back to normal, it added.
All citizens and residents must co-operate fully with the checkpoints for their own safety. Anyone violating the measures will face appropriate legal action.
The Bahrain constitution specifies that under martial law the government can:
• Control movement and transportation
• Conduct inspections
• Ban gatherings
• Ban NGOs
• Ban political societies
• Ban trade unions
• Ban the publication of newspapers
• Make arrests
• Monitor phone calls and correspondence.
The Bahrain News Agency said His Majesty had delegated state of emergency powers to BDF Commander-in-Chief Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and the military judiciary would announce specific restrictions applying to all citizens. – TradeArabia News Service