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Bahrain: Anti-normalisation protests despite security restrictions 

Demonstrators with Palestinian flags during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's decisions to normalise relations with Israel [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
Demonstrators with Palestinian flags during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' and Bahrain's decisions to normalise relations with Israel [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]

Anti-normalisation protests erupted in the streets of the Bahraini capital of Manama after Friday prayer yesterday.

Protesters held up banners denouncing normalisation, with the unified slogan "Anti-normalisation Friday", along with a photo of a masked Palestinian militant.

Bahrain's normalisation agreement with Israel was met with widespread anger, despite tight security restrictions, as well as the summoning of the demonstration organisers and participants, forcing them to sign an order to stay off the streets and not to engage in disruptive activities.

The protesters expressed their rejection of normalisation by carrying banners with the slogans: "Normalisation is treason", "We reject submission, humiliation and surrender to the instructions of the US and Britain" and "Israel is a cancer that must be eradicated, and we will". Other slogans stated: "We will never surrender" and "Normalisation is shameful, it is a betrayal".

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After Bahrain announced normalising relations with Israel, the hashtag "Bahrainis against normalisation" was widely circulated by Bahraini activists on Twitter.

The Emirati and Bahraini normalisation agreements with Israel were categorically rejected by the Palestinian authorities and factions, who considered the decision as a betrayal of Al-Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem and the Palestinian cause.

Israel, Bahrain fully normalise diplomatic relations - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel, Bahrain fully normalise diplomatic relations – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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