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 Thursday, 2 January, 2003, 21:51 GMT
Bahrain holds 40 over riots
The authorities in Bahrain say more than 40 people have been arrested following riots in central Manama on New Year's Eve.

About 90 cars were damaged during the rampage and police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Bahraini officials say they suspect the riots were organised, but did not say who may have been behind them.

The area where the riots took place is popular with tourists from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

Most of the damaged cars belonged to the tourists.

Correspondents say Bahrain attracts visitors from the Gulf because of its liberal laws regarding nightclubs and the consumption of alcohol.

This has led to friction between the tourists and the poor local population.

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