The government is bracing for another round of violent demonstrations as sectarian tension across the country flared up following a new wave of arrests and the alleged death of a young student who was attacked by government supporters last month, the Guardian says. Anti-government protesters are also claiming that the country’s security forces have launched a systematic repression campaign backed by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabian troops still stationed in the country, the U.K.-based newspaper adds.

Meantime, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa has clarified that the government is not planning to dissolve the country’s biggest Shiite opposition party after a statement from the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs announcing it would dissolve the Al-Wefaq was met by criticism from the United States, among other countries, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty says.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.