Bahrain, dictatorship, resistance and British royals


This video is called The march of democracy gathered in Bahrain 27/04/2012.

From the Angry Arab News Service:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bahrain Update

From Angry Arab chief Bahrain correspondent: “Situation in Bahrain is like how it was last year in March and April when emergency law was instituted. Media is back to identifying protesters and using hate speech. There are house raids, mass arrests, excessive use of force, and checkpoints everywhere. This all existed throughout the year but it seems like we are almost back to the level it was last year. Round two? Zainab AlKhawaja is still in prison. No news about her father.”

Posted by As’ad AbuKhalil at 8:08 AM

Bahrain: Where is Abdulhadi Alkhawaja? Here.

From the (usually conservative, pro-monarchy) Mail on Sunday in Britain:

Bahrain despot says Yes to the Queen’s Jubilee lunch invitation

By Katie Nicholl

PUBLISHED: 23:14 GMT, 28 April 2012 | UPDATED: 23:41 GMT, 28 April 2012

The King of Bahrain has given the Queen a political headache by accepting her invitation to attend her Diamond Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle next month.

The decision will anger human rights groups opposed to his bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

As a matter of royal protocol, the Queen was obliged to invite the king, along with other crowned heads from around the world, to her celebratory lunch on May 18, as revealed by The Mail on Sunday three weeks ago.

Here, Ms Nicholl more or less lets Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II off the hook, making it look as if the monarch had no alternative.

Royal protocol said as well that the ambassador of the Assad regime in Syria should have been invited to the royal wedding last year. Then, that ambassador was not invited. So, the queen did have an alternative. As she does now, though she apparently does not want it.

While some may have hoped the king, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, would decline the invitation to spare the Queen embarrassment, sources have now confirmed that he has formally accepted.

It is also understood the king has been invited to a champagne dinner to be hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace that evening.

The news will be heavily criticised by human rights activists as well as MPs who are appalled at the Gulf state’s brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations, which has seen live bullets and tear gas used by riot police.

Many believe the king, who is trying to reassert the authority of the Sunni monarchy, should never have been invited.

Bahrain is in a state of civil unrest as protesters attempt to overthrow the king.

Pro-democracy groups have been taking to the streets since February last year and more than 50 civilians have been killed during the demonstrations, while thousands more have been arrested.

News of the acceptance of the invitation to the lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the Throne ahead of the main celebrations in June comes only a week after Bahrain hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix last Sunday.

Race bosses came under pressure to cancel because of the regime’s bloody behaviour, but the event went ahead.

The king’s acceptance of the Queen’s invitation will no doubt be seen as another victory for the Bahrain monarchy, which has direct control of the police, army and security services.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The King of Bahrain has accepted the Queen’s invitation to lunch on May 18 and is therefore expected.’

Buckingham Palace last night declined to be drawn into the row over the invitation. A spokesman said: ‘We won’t be confirming attendance until on the day.’

There was a similar outcry when the King of Bahrain’s son, the Crown Prince, was invited to the Royal Wedding a year ago today.

Again, all crowned heads were invited as a matter of protocol, but human rights activists had threatened to disrupt Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s stay and he decided to pull out only days before the wedding.

Instead of the crown prince, the Bahraini monarchy’s torturer-in-chief came to the wedding then.

But whether his father cancels coming to Windsor Castle at the 11th hour remains to be seen.

His country is still gripped by tension – last month the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights published a report looking at violence inside the kingdom since November, finding at least 30 cases where people had died after confrontations with police or security forces.

Most of the other victims reportedly died after inhaling tear gas, which is regularly fired at the demonstrators.

Bahrain: Police Brutality, Despite Reform Pledges. Minors Regularly Beaten; Impunity Remains Key Problem: here.

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9 thoughts on “Bahrain, dictatorship, resistance and British royals

  1. Wife: Bahrain hunger striker fed against his will

    Published: April 29, 2012 12:00 PM
    By The Associated Press

    MANAMA, Bahrain – (AP) — The wife of a jailed, hunger striking Bahraini rights activist says in her first visit in two weeks, she found he has been treated with feeding tubes and other measures against his will.

    Authorities have denied activist claims that he is in danger of dying, insisting his health is good.

    Khadija al-Musawi says she saw Abdulhadi al-Khawaja for about an hour in a prison hospital Sunday. Other relatives also visited.

    Al-Musawi says her husband is weak but in good spirits. She claims al-Khawaja forcibly received feeding tubes and IV drips in recent days.

    Al-Khawaja and seven other opposition figures were sentenced to life in prison last year in crackdowns by the ruling Sunni monarchy against an uprising by the kingdom’s majority Shiites.

    An appeals court hearing is set for Monday.

    Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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