March 16, 2011 / 12:07 PM / 8 years ago

Bahrain imposes curfew, bans all gatherings

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain’s military imposed on Wednesday a curfew from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST) across a large swathe of the capital Manama, and banned all public gatherings and demonstrations across the country.

The announcement, made by a military officer in a live television appearance, came after the youth movement called for a protest at 3:30 p.m.

The curfew covers the area from Bahrain’s Seef Mall and covers the main thoroughfare through the Pearl roundabout and the financial district to the diplomatic area.

Reporting by Lin Noueihed and Andrew Hammond

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