Bahrainians are protesting a recent editorial in State-run Iranian media that called for the annexation of Bahrain. Story here.
Over a hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian Embassy here Friday to protest a recent editorial in a conservative Tehran newspaper arguing that Bahrain is part of Iran.
Waving Bahraini flags, the mostly Sunni protesters called for the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and the closure of the embassy, as police prevented them from reaching the building.
The controversy started with an editorial written Monday by Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the hard-line Kayhan newspaper and a close aid to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Shariatmadari wrote that Bahrain was an Iranian province whose people wanted to return to the motherland.
Shiite Iran laid claim to Bahrain, a British protectorate at the time, and other Persian Gulf islands in 1970. But the country voted instead for independence from both Britain and Iran, which it achieved in 1971.