Reality television star Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said.
About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper.
The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop.
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An Associated Press journalist saw protesters chanting “God is Great” near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital Manama.
However, police were able to clear the demonstrators before Kardashian appeared late Saturday.
As TheBlaze reported on Friday, a number of conservative lawmakers in the region attempted to pass a resolution preventing Kardashian from even stepping foot in the country. However, Kardashian’s tweet about Bahrain being “the prettiest place on earth” was re-tweeted by the country’s foreign minister.
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Kardashian’s Bahrain trip followed a recent visit to Kuwait to open another branch of “Millions of Milkshakes,” and she reportedly faced a similar backlash there.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.