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Group formed to help policemen.

A NEW society is being formed to represent the families of policemen killed during Bahrain's unrest. It will also seek to look after the interests of officers suspended for alleged violations against protesters and advise the government on security issues, said former senior intelligence officer Adel Flaifil.

Details of the plan were announced during a gathering in Riffa yesterday in support of security forces and their families.

The rally, by a new group called The National Youth Gathering, was held near the Riffa walkway.

Mr Flaifil, one of the main organisers, also addressed the 800-strong rally about the plight of 16 policemen suspended amid allegations of misconduct during the unrest. He plans to head the new society that could include former Interior Ministry, National Guard, Coastguard and Bahrain Defence Force staff.

"I will announce the objectives and plans of this society soon with the aim of giving a new voice to thousands of citizens," he said.

The Bahraini officer is a controversial figure in opposition circles due to his alleged role in confronting anti-government protests in the 1990s.

Former Al Menbar MP Mohammed Khalid also spoke at the event, in which he demanded policemen be treated fairly.

People at yesterday's rally chanted slogans in favour of Bahrain's security forces calling them heroes for protecting Bahrain.

"We have people from all across the country come here to show their support to security forces," said gathering spokesman Mohammed Bu Saad.

"Some of our buses encountered trouble as youths blocked roads leading to our gathering area."

Mr Bu Saad said more than 5,000 people attended, but only around 800 were present when the GDN was at the scene at around 3.30pm.

"This is our first major gathering to support families of policemen, who have lost their lives during the unrest and 16 policemen we know who have been suspended from the Interior Ministry," he said.

"The policemen were doing their job and have been victimised in all circumstances and here we are to show them the support they deserve."

Mr Bu Saad said more events were in the pipeline to support policemen and their families.

"Based on our evaluation of the success of this event, we are planning to hold more rallies and other new events in different areas across Bahrain," he said.

"What we care about is getting the message across on the plight of policemen's families, who have been punished by their breadwinner either losing their lives or getting suspended and prosecuted."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Jan 2, 2012
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