Bahraini Police attacked protesters in Manama, utilizing tear gas to subdue the agitated citizens demonstrating over legislation passed in July that allows the Bahraini Interior Minister to revoke the citizenship of Bahraini nationals on the basis of treason. Several civilians were treated for minor injuries and at least 6 Bahraini civilians were arrested.
A new amendment instituted in Article 10 of the Bahraini Citizenship Law of 1963, now permits the state to revoke the citizenship of any civilian who “aids or is involved in the service of a hostile state.” 10 Bahraini nationals were stripped of their citizenship, joining 21 others in the country that have had their rights revoked since 2012. Under this law, civilians revoked of citizenship will be deemed “stateless” – resulting in their deportation. According to the Human Rights Watch, this is a violation of international law.
The unrest in Bahrain began in February of 2011, where protesters demanded democratic reform and constitutional revision. In March 2011, the Saudi Army entered Bahrain and quelled the non-violent protests, resulting in a nationwide outcry for the removal of the Saudi influenced, Bahraini Royal Family.