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'They tried to run away from security dressed as patients'.

SCORES of protesters who ran into Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) to escape from security forces tried to disguise themselves as patients, doctors and nurses.

Many attached saline drips to their arms and got into empty beds, revealed doctors who were in the hospital when the operation to regain control of the facility was carried out last Wednesday.

"I saw many of the protesters getting into doctors' uniforms and even strapping on surgical gowns," said one doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Under the circumstances, it became very difficult for the security forces to identify who was who.

"We also saw many hospital staff actually turn protesters into patients so they could escape.

"There were nurses who attached saline drips on protesters so they could pass off as patients.

"Some of them even had emergency room stickers attached on their arms and handed over green sheets of emergency room papers."

The doctor said while many of the protesters were identified within hours and questioned it took four days to entirely rid them of the hospital.

"We feel the security forces behaved in a very responsible, but firm manner," she said.

She said allegations that some patients had been beaten up were not true.

"It is possible some of the protesters who tried to flee while passing off as patients may have been severely dealt with," the doctor added.

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Date:Mar 27, 2011
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