Bahrain has deported six US citizens for joining pro-democracy demonstrations, a statement said, as the opposition reported dozens of arrests on the first anniversary of a Shiite-led uprising.
The deportations bring the number of Americans expelled from Bahrain to eight after two human rights activists were ordered out the country on February 11 after being accused of “illegal” activities.
The six had entered the country on tourist visas in the past week and were sent home after “participating in illegal demonstrations,” an Information Affairs Authority statement said.
They were briefly questioned at a local police station and “agreed to leave the country without further legal procedures,” the statement added.
The expulsions came as Bahrain on Tuesday marked the first anniversary of last year’s uprising against the government, and the brutal crackdown that followed which left 35 people dead, according to an independent commission of inquiry into the violence.