MANAMA: Bahrain vowed yesterday to crack down on lawbreakers who threaten national unity.It will not tolerate sectarian acts, declared Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa. He briefed the Cabinet and also held an urgent meeting with National Assembly members over violations committed during Ashoora.
The Cabinet condemned the acts, which it said threatened national unity and the one-family spirit, reinforced by reforms initiated by His Majesty King Hamad.
People who abuse the atmosphere of openness and democracy will face the full force of the law, Shaikh Rashid told parliament and Shura Council members in a meeting at the National Assembly yesterday.
He said some people abused Ashoora to spread hate messages through chanting slogans and hanging posters, which called for division between community members.
Regardless of their faith, people should not encourage such violations or allow matters to escalate, at a time when the leadership is planning for a better future for all, said Shaikh Rashid.
The leadership is creating job opportunities, developing the standard of living and promoting further economic prosperity, he said.
"Our Bahraini society is living in an era of freedom, where there is a sense of patriotism and loyalty to the leadership," said Shaikh Rashid.
"This is why all security bodies will be the first on the front to serve His Majesty and to protect people in this nation.
"We have come to inform both councils about the importance of respecting people's feelings, customs and traditions during occasions guaranteed by the constitution.
"Everyone should serve security and order in the country and stick to national unity, which is the protective shield for peace and stability."
Present were parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani, Shura Council chairman Dr Faisal Al Mousawi, National Security Agency director Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa and assembly members.