Bahrain keeps fighting for democracy

The caption on Twitter with this video from Bahrain says:

Freedom balloons fly in the sky of Bahrain as part of people’s peaceful protest activities.

From Global Voices:

Bahrain: Protests on Election Eve

Posted 25 September 2011 18:37 GMT

For weeks, many Bahraini Twitter users used the hashtag #LuluReturn to demand going back to Pearl Square, where their massive February protests took place. The Bahraini regime shocked the world in March by demolishing the pearl monument in the square, which is actually a roundabout, as if to erase the rebellious memory attached to it. This resulted [in] a counter-reaction that sees many Bahrainis more attached to the monument as a symbol of their struggle against a regime that discriminates against its Shia majority.

Testimonies from Bahrain: My father, the activist: here.

Brenda Bowser-Soder, of Human Rights First, noted that the U.S. government must stop ignoring the ongoing violence committed by Bahraini security forces.”The Government must break its silence on Bahrain and condemn today’s ongoing violent attacks on peaceful protestors,” wrote Soder. There have been widespread reports of security forces attacking pro-democracy demonstrators with tear gas and bird shot, and hospitals are under military control making injured protesters fear torture or arrest if they go to the hospital: here.

Elections in Bahrain: The Latest Ruse to Feign Democratic Change and Cover Up Continuing Repression: here.

Senior Bahraini police officers suspended for torturing detainees are being swiftly reinstated in a sign of a growing struggle for power within the al-Khalifa royal family over the extent of the repression to be used against pro-democracy protesters: here.

3 thoughts on “Bahrain keeps fighting for democracy

  1. Handball players from Bahrain jailed for 15 years

    The Associated Press

    Published: Monday, Sep. 26, 2011 – 8:42 am
    Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 26, 2011 – 8:47 am

    MANAMA, Bahrain — Two members of Bahrain’s national handball team were jailed for 15 years Monday after being charged with taking part in anti-government protests.

    The father of Mohammed and Ali Mirza said his sons were found guilty of being part of a group of anti-government demonstrators that burned down a farm owned by a member of the ruling family.

    Mirza Salman Abdulla told The Associated Press his sons did not take part in the demonstrations by Bahrain’s Shiite majority against the Sunni dynasty.

    “The sentence was not expected. My sons didn’t do anything,” Abdulla said. “This is all nonsense and not true. Until the crisis happened, they were outside Bahrain and they are not involved in politics.”

    “My two sons always loved their country and sports,” he added. “That is what they did all their lives.”

    A military court closed to the public also found the brothers guilty of possessing weapons and stealing money.

    Ali Jawad, a beach handball player, was given 15 years by the military court for burning down the same farm.

    The Mirza brothers, who played at the handball world championship in January, were among 150 Shiite athletes, coaches and referees detained as part of a crackdown on protesters. Many of them took part in marches organized by athletes in support of the demonstrations.

    Inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Bahrain’s Shiite majority took to the streets Feb. 14 to demand that the country’s more than 200-year-old Sunni dynasty loosen its control on top government and security posts. After days of mostly peaceful protests, the regime cracked down on the protesters, resulting in the death of more than 30 people and the detention of thousands.


  2. Bahrain may raise gas prices again -minister

    By Reem Shamseddine

    MANAMA, Sept 26 | Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:19am EDT

    (Reuters) – Bahrain may increase natural gas costs for local consumers again to narrow the gap between domestic and international market prices, Bahraini energy minister Abdul Hussein bin Ali Mirza told Reuters.

    Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the small island nation’s biggest gas consumer, faces a government-ordered rise in gas costs from $1.50 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) to $2.25/mmbtu on Jan. 1, 2012.

    “This is the situation now. If the situation demands it, then we will take action. The price of gas is low compared with international prices,” Mirza told Reuters when asked about any possible further gas price rises.

    “So we wanted to gradually adjust the price so we are not burdened in the future with international prices without raising the local prices… when the time comes, we will decide.”

    Analysts say the subsidy-slashing move is overdue for an energy intensive industry which has thrived on huge price subsidies prevalent in the Middle East that many observers say must be phased out to encourage investment in gas exploration, reduce imports and discourage waste.

    The 75-cent rise in Bahrain gas prices planned for the start of 2012 is equivalent to the total cost enjoyed by industrial consumers in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

    But the higher cost is still only a fraction of the $17/mmbtu buyers in Asia are currently paying for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the super-cooled gas which Bahrain is increasingly likely to need to meet its future demand.

    Bahrain’s rising gas production has struggled to keep up with buoyant demand for gas for power generation and heavy industry, forcing the non-OPEC minor oil producer to look further afield for its future gas needs.

    Any gap between domestic prices and future import costs will likely have to be paid from government funds.

    Mirza said Bahrain had received nine bids from companies hoping to build an LNG import terminal in the tiny country, which sits between the world’s biggest crude oil exporter Saudi Arabia and leading LNG exporter Qatar.

    “We have received nine bids and we are evaluating these, from different companies, Shell …. all the major ones are there,” he told reporters in the capital Manama.

    Mirza said in July Bahrain may have to look as far as Russia to meet growing demand for gas as supply talks stall with its neighbours.

    (Writing by Daniel Fineren; editing by Jason Neely)


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