Sunday, March 21, 2004

Temper, Temper Temperance
MANAMA (Reuters) - Some 100 Bahraini Islamists shouting 'God is Greatest' stormed a French restaurant serving alcohol in the pro-Western Gulf Arab state and threatened diners with knives, witnesses said on Thursday.

One diner managed to wrest a knife away from the Islamists and stabbed one with it, causing him severe injuries, a witness said.

They said the assailants, opposed to the consumption of alcohol banned by Islam, also threw gasoline bombs at customers' cars parked outside the restaurant near the capital Manama late on Wednesday, damaging nine vehicles.

'Abound 100 young men, shouting Allahu Akbar (God is greatest), came to the restaurant carrying knives and shouted at the customers: Why do you drink?,' Jahanshah Bakhtiar, owner of La Terrasse Restaurant, told Reuters.

'They were acting as if they had the right ideas and people should obey them,' he said, adding that there were about 40 customers in the restaurant.
It's a good thing the bar didn't have a ban on smoking - you wouldn't want to piss these guys off.


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