Victory for Bahrain democrats


This video says about itself:

Documentary about poverty in Bahrain, produced by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, 2004. In Arabic with English subtitles.

From the Voice of America:

Anti-Government Protesters Storm Bahrain‘s Central Square

Phillip Walter Wellman | Manama

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have marched into Manama’s Pearl Roundabout, just two days after authorities used deadly force to seize and cordon off the area.

Witnesses say police fired rubber bullets at the crowd, but eventually left the scene. A small number of people were rushed to the hospital.

Tanks and soldiers had been stationed at the roundabout since Thursday, when authorities used deadly force to disperse people camping there. …

Protesters attempted to march back to the scene on Friday, but again had rubber bullets, tear gas and birdshot fired at them.

Shortly afterwards, Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Khalifa called for a national dialogue to resolve the crisis.

However, the country’s main opposition group rejected the offer.

Speaking from the Pearl Roundabout shortly after protesters entered on Saturday, Ali Ahmed said the people’s passion for change is stronger than their fear of the authorities.

“I was coming here and I was telling myself and the family – I don’t care whether I die or live, but if I die I’ll bring you freedom. If I live, I’ll live the freedom with you,” he said.

Nabeel Rajab from the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, described the mood on Saturday as “victorious.”

“People feel a little bit of victory, especially because they have lost six lives over the past few days and four lives because of this square. It was a smart move by the government and by the riot police to pull out, because I would expect more people would have been hurt and attacked and we could have had more people dead,” said Rajab.

Protests inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt began in Bahrain on February 14. Originally, demonstrators were calling for more equality, more rights and for the release of political prisoners, but they have since started demanding a new government.

See also here.

Protester killed in Yemen clashes: here.

1 thought on “Victory for Bahrain democrats

  1. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship arrests even moderate monarchists | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.