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Protests flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian visit

A young Bahraini smiles after having his picture taken with TV star Kim Kardashian, in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)A young Bahraini smiles after having his picture taken with TV star Kim Kardashian, in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom.

TV star Kim Kardashian speaks to fans in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)TV star Kim Kardashian speaks to fans in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

The clashes took place just before Kardashian opened the Bahrain branch of her Millions of Milkshakes shop.

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. The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday.

Bahraini protesters chant slogans and one holds a banner that reads, "none of our customs and traditions allow us to receive stars of porn movies," referring to TV star Kim Kardashian, in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom .(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)Bahraini protesters chant slogans and one holds a banner that reads, "none of our customs and traditions allow us to receive stars of porn movies," referring to TV star Kim Kardashian, in Riffa, Bahrain, Dec. 1, 2012. Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hardline Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom .(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Earlier, she posted glowing remarks about Bahrain on her Twitter account, calling it "the prettiest place on earth." It was re-Tweeted by Bahrain's foreign minister.

Kardashian was in Kuwait earlier this week to open another branch of the shop.