OBITUARY : Bahrain democrat

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From Mr Mansoor Al-Jamri

Sir: Michael Sheridan (" 'Zionist' TV jibe intensifies Gulf dispute", 30 January) describes me and a friend of mine as "radical Islamic opponents". This stereotyped description is unfair and unnecessary. Perhaps, Mr Sheridan intended to add a hyperbolic flavour by employing a catch phrase extracted for the title of an interview with Qatari TV.

The Bahraini pro-democracy opposition has been calling for the restoration of the dissolved parliament, and this opposition is a broadly based one, comprising Islamists (both Sunni and Shia), liberals, men and women.

Yours faithfully,

Mansoor Al-Jamri

London, NW2

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