Bahrain keeps fighting for democracy

This is called DRAMATIC VIDEO Bahraini police attacking pro-democracy activists.

By Niall Green:

Protests continue against US-backed Bahraini dictatorship

5 September 2011

Six months after the US-backed regime in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain brutally suppressed a mass uprising of workers, the repression of the population continues.

Two activists went on hunger strike in a Bahraini prison last week to protest their politically motivated imprisonment and abuses they have endured in detention.

Human rights advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Abduljalil al-Singace, a member of the opposition Haq party, were sentenced to life in prison in June. They are among dozens of opposition figures imprisoned by the Bahraini regime since the outbreak of anti-monarchy protests in February.

Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of a hunger striker, claimed that her father was beaten while in custody. “His jaw was broken,” she told the AFP news agency on Saturday. “They also beat him repeatedly on his jaw in court. The doctor had told him to eat well for his health to improve but he has already lost too much weight in prison and yesterday he called me to say his blood sugar level has dropped.”

Meanwhile, there are signs of renewed opposition to Bahrain’s al-Khalifa monarchy.

An anti-regime protest of over 10,000 people broke out in the working class village of Sitra on the night on August 31. The demonstration, the largest in Bahrain since June, was in response to the killing of a 14-year-old boy by police during an earlier protest against the regime.

Ali Jawad Ahmed was apparently struck in the face by a teargas canister fired at close range by police into the crowd in Sitra. He died shortly afterward in nearby health center.

“They are supposed to lob the canisters of gas, not shoot them at people,” said Isa Hassan, the dead boy’s uncle. “Police use it as a weapon.”

Witnesses: Riot police clash with demonstrators in Bahrain: here.

This video is called Bahrain Centre for Human Rights on activists’ hunger strike.

200 Bahrain detainees on hunger strike: activist: here.

Irish-trained surgeons Ali Al-Ekri and Bassin Dahif have entered their second week of hunger strike prison in Bahrain along with 11 other doctors, nurses and paramedics. Already seven have collapsed and have required intravenous fluids. One is suicidal and prescribed anti-psychotic medication, another has diabetes. They all refuse to take their medication: here.

Irish-trained medics in Bahrain hunger strike: here.

Testimonies from Bahrain: Memories of a jailed activist’s wife: here.

Wikileaks : Bahrain king confided that he been exchanging messages with Iraqi ayatollah SISTANI: here.

Wikileaks: Hamad [King of Bahrain] asked the US if they could pull the plug of Arabsat & make Ajazeera disappear: here.

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  1. Sept. 4, 2011, 6:02 p.m. EDT

    Bahraini King Pledges Support for Libya’s National Transitional Council

    MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met on Friday with the head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abduljalil and expressed support for a free and stable Libya.

    During the meeting in Paris, His Majesty King Hamad pledged to strengthen relations between the countries and hoped the recently held “Friends of Libya” conference would garner the international support needed to reconstruct Libya.

    In turn, Mr. Abduljalil thanked Bahrain and its people for their support during the country’s ongoing effort to achieve the Libyan people’s interests.

    SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain

    Copyright (C) 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved


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