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Bahrain opposition leader fears 'whitewash' of crackdown

Bahrain opposition leader fears 'whitewash' of crackdown

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A leader in Bahrain's secular opposition tells The Associated Press he fears a royal visit by Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla could "whitewash" an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the tiny island nation.

Ebrahim Sharif spoke to the AP on Friday, the last day of the royal couple's weeklong trip to Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Sharif belongs to the opposition party Waad. He says he hopes behind closed doors that the Prince of Wales raised human rights issues on his visit.

Sharif says: "The government may listen. They need friends."

Bahrain is in the midst of a crackdown on dissent, the likes of which have been unseen since its 2011 Arab Spring protests.

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