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John Yates criticised over Bahrain comments

Author: Sam Marsden, Ian Parkes, Independent [UK] , Published on: 12 April 2012

UK-based Bahraini activist…criticised former Scotland Yard…chief John Yates…Mr Yates, who is advising the Bahraini government on police reform, wrote to Formula 1…[and] said social media…presented a "distorted picture" of ongoing violent demonstrations…."…I feel…safer than…in London."…[P]ro-democracy campaigner Ali Mushaima…on hunger strike since April 4…said:…"If the Bahraini people don't feel safe in their country, they cannot give any foreign people guarantees…Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled in the wake of anti-government protests that resulted in a number of deaths…"There are still human rights abuses, many hundreds of Bahrainis…in prison, and…villages are being attacked, Bahrain is occupied by Saudi troops..."…torture, imprisonment and killing of opponents…have continued since Mr Yates arrived…

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