By Miriam Joyce (auth.)
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British troops immediately responded. They patrolled the roads and protected oil installations. The British also attempted to drop leaﬂets from a helicopter. These leaﬂets urged peaceful behavior. ”21 During the violence sparked by the Suez Crisis, Shaikh Salman, claiming that members of CNU were involved in a plot to kill him, had ordered several arrests, including the arrests of Abd al-Rahman al-Bakir, Abd al-Aziz Shamlan, and Abd al-Ali Aliwat. Shaikh Salman asked Political Resident Burrows to take the three to a prison outside Bahrain.
Claiming that Bahrain’s police force would be unable to restore order, Political Resident Sir William Luce asked the Foreign Ofﬁce for permission to use British forces to suppress the riots if necessary. Permission was granted and, before the end of the demonstrations, British helicopters dropped “vomit gas” on protesters in Muharraq. 32 In March 1966, Whitehall informed the US Embassy in London that, with London’s consent, Bahrain’s Ruler had agreed to permit the USS Valcour to use Bahrain as its home port.
Kuwait had obtained its independence from Britain, in June 1961, after HMG halted an Iraqi attempt to annex the country. Shaikh Isa hosted a state dinner for his Kuwaiti visitor and included a few British ofﬁcials among the guests. After dinner, Amir Sabah, whose country’s independence had so recently been protected by the British, criticized Shaikh Isa’s relations with HMG. According to Amir Sabah, Bahrain’s Ruler ought not to have left his place at the dinner to welcome British ofﬁcials. In addition, the seating arrangements were inappropriate because the British political resident had been placed between two Arab Rulers.
Bahrain from the Twentieth Century to the Arab Spring by Miriam Joyce (auth.)