Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MY FEARS OF VIOLENCE... Designer May Leave Bahrain

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MY FEARS OF VIOLENCE... Designer May Leave Bahrain

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Byline: LAURA WOODCOCK

A TEESSIDER living in Bahrain has spoken of his fear over the escalating violence in the country.

Graphic designer Michael Wright, who is originally from Hemlington, is currently living on the Persian Gulf island.

But the 31-year-old is considering quitting his job and returning home as running battles return to the streets, a month after they began.

The former Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough, pupil said: "This isn't a situation that's going to end quickly and I can see it rumbling on for a long time, so I'm now weighing up my options. If I come home I don't think I'll go back."

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, has declared a state of emergency in the island kingdom after a month of demonstrations in which the Shi'ite majority has called for the end of rule by the Sunni monarchy.

It has been reported that at least five people have been killed in the protests.

Michael, who moved to the country four months ago and works next to the Financial Harbour in the capital, said: "We've been told not to go into work and to stay indoors, so I've just been keeping my head down and watching TV and looking on the internet. …

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