12 May 2011

Oil company workers sacked after anti-govt protest

1:50 pm on 12 May 2011

The government of Bahrain has sacked 293 workers at a state oil company for taking part in recent anti-government protests.

Energy Minister Abdul-Hussain bin Ali Mirza was quoted as saying union leaders at Bahrain Petroleum Co would also be prosecuted.

Bahrain is under a state of emergency since protests began in February.

Neighbouring Gulf states sent troops to back Bahrain's forces during the initial crackdown.

Bahrain accuses Iran of helping instigate the protests.