Massive March against Rising Fuel Prices
On 9 January 2010, 11 political societies as well as the Federation
of Bahrain Trade Unions participated in a licensed march against
the Government’s intention to raise fuel prices and to remove subsidies
of basic commodities. The protestors, estimated at 3-4 thousand
chanted the slogans: ‘No to starvation’ and ‘more and more expenses’.
Sheikh Ali Salman from Al Wifaq Society said ‘the Bahraini people
cannot bear this extra burden’. MP Ali Ahmad believes the protest
was necessary in order to send a message to the Government that
raising prices is completely unacceptable. He noted that it was
necessary that the Government discusses the matter with the Parliament.
The Government from its part had announced before the march that
it was studying raising fuel prices and reducing main commodities
subsides. However, it also said that it did not intend to remove