Just hours after reality TV star Kim Kardashian gushed about her impressions of Bahrain, riot police fired tear gas to disperse more than 50 hard-line Islamic protesters denouncing her presence in the Gulf kingdom.

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

A journalist saw protesters chanting "God is great" near the shopping complex in Riffa, some 12 miles south of the capital, Manama.

The demonstrators were cleared before Kardashian appeared late Saturday.

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

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