Bahrain police kill elderly man

This video, recorded in Bahrain, says about itself:

Bahraini troops shot at protesters near Pearl Roundabout and wounded many, a doctor of Salmaniya hospital said, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest camp from the traffic circle in Manama.

Dr. Ghassan said: “There are many casualties with head wounds.”

The demonstrators made for Pearl Roundabout, where army troops who took it over after the police raid on Thursday opened fire.

From AFP news agency today:

Elderly Shiite ‘beaten to death’ by Bahrain police

1 hour ago

DUBAI — The elderly father of the second in command of Bahrain‘s largest Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq died of his injuries on Thursday after riot police attacked him a day earlier, the organisation said.

“Ali Hasan al-Dehi, 70, was attacked by riot police forces Wednesday evening” and died early Thursday, Al-Wefaq’s website reported.

His son, Hussein al-Dehi, is deputy head of Al-Wefaq.

The statement said the elder Dehi had told one of his sons, who had arrived home to find him on the floor, that “he had been beaten by riot police.”

Al-Wefaq member and former MP Sayed Hadi Moussaoui told AFP police were dispersing a protest in the western village of Dehi, when the man was attacked.

Moussaoui said members of the Dehi household were harassed several times by the authorities, adding that the dead man’s wife had been “insulted” in the past without giving further details.

Earlier this year, Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy crushed pro-democracy protests, spearheaded by the majority Shiites, with the help of troops from other Gulf states, such as Saudi Arabia.

Twenty-four people died during the crackdown, between mid-February and mid-March, according to official figures from Manama.

Four protesters have since died in custody.

The Gulf kingdom is awaiting a report by an independent commission of inquiry into the crackdown, which is expected on November 23.

Though mass protests have ended, tensions remain high as the trials of dozens of opposition figures and protesters continue in the capital.

See also here.

Bahrain man’s death raises tensions: here.

Tear gas and armoured vehicles used to disperse protesters after funeral of father of opposition leader: here.

Bahrain’s security forces cracked down on a funeral procession that turned into a protest march today, attacking pro-democracy activists with tear gas and driving them back with armoured vehicles: here.

This is a video about police trying to run over protesters in Bahrain yesterday.

Bahrain: Hundreds of prisoners suffering from appalling conditions in Jaw Central Prison: here.

Middle East Special: Will the Monarchies Survive? Here.

2 thoughts on “Bahrain police kill elderly man

  1. New season for Spring protester

    Phil Lutton

    November 4, 2011 – 12:17PM

    The international fortunes of Brisbane Roar’s Bahraini defender Sayed Mohammad Adnan have become more intriguing, with suggestions his national side may again be interested in the player’s services despite his imprisonment during the Arab Spring protests.

    Adnan, a 28-year-old veteran of 79 games for Bahrain, signed with the Roar at the start of the season in a bid to start a new life outside of his homeland, where he had been jailed for three months along with other members of the Bahrain side for taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations.

    He was eventually released and moved to Australia, before a fortuitous meeting with Brisbane Roar officials saw him try-out for the club.

    An Asian Football of the Year nominee in 2009, he was offered a contract that resurrected a football career he believed to be over.

    While Adnan was thrown a lifeline at the Roar, his career with the Bahrain side looked terminal after the protesting players were banned from their clubs, effectively putting them out of contention in the eyes of new coach, former Tottenham winger and England Under 21 manager Peter Taylor.

    Given his treatment at the hands of the government, his motivation to earn an 80th cap for his country are unknown. He has refused to speak about his imprisonment since arriving in Australia and the Roar have had no official approach from the Bahrain FA about releasing him for international duty.

    But understands Bahrain football management have floated the possibility of an invitation to return to action as the team tries to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

    Bahrain is in Group E of the Asian World Cup qualifying conference and was handed a 6-0 drubbing by Iran in Tehran earlier in the week. The return leg is in Bahrain on November 11.

    Given that result, it’s little surprise that Taylor and his coaching staff may be interested in recalling Adnan, a towering defender who is highly rated and an experienced international campaigner. But while there may be interest on a purely footballing level, some high-ranking FA and government officials may not be keen on the move.

    The confusion over Adnan’s status was reflected by Taylor in an interview with The Guardian earlier in the year, in which he said he didn’t believe the club ban extended to the national team.

    “The clubs suspended them so until they are playing again, they can’t get in the squad as I need to see them play. The federation has said that if I do so and I want to pick them, then I can,” Taylor said.

    “One of them is now going to Albania and another has gone to Australia so we will see what happens.”

    That appeared to leave the option open to Adnan but the intermingling of sport and politics in Bahrain makes for a complex path. One hurdle for Adnan is that the vice-president of the Bahrain FA is Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa al-Khalifa, a member of the ruling family targeted by pro-democracy protests.

    While Adnan was able to make a new life in Australia, other athletes taking part in the protests were not so lucky. Footballers Mohammed Hubail and his brother A’ala were among 150 athletes arrested, with Mohammed tried in secret and jailed for two years.

    Even though Adnan and many others were released after international pressure, Bahrain’s military prosecutor has said legal action could still taken.

    The Bahrain uprisings were part of the wider movement that swept through Arab nations earlier in the year. Demonstrators against the regime of King Hamad were suppressed in March amid claims of brutality and subsequent torture while incarcerated.

    Adnan told late last month about his unconventional road to the Roar.

    “At the end of last season I went on holiday to Australia. I’ve got some friends in Brisbane so I headed over there. I would spend my evenings playing a bit of casual football with some guys, and one day one of them suggested I try for a second-tier side,” he told the website.

    “So I spoke with a friend and he told me he knew one of the technical staff at Brisbane Roar, who managed to get me permission to train with the squad for two weeks. I was a bit out of shape but the coaches liked what they saw and a deal was signed.”


  2. Bahrain security forces clash with protesters

    November 04, 2011 10:29 AM

    MANAMA, Bahrain: Security forces in Bahrain have used tear gas and armored vehicles to drive back protesters streaming toward a heavily guarded square that was once the center for pro-reform demonstrations in the Gulf nation.

    Witnesses say hundreds of people marched on Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital Manama after a massive funeral procession Friday for a 78-year-old man, who opposition groups claim died after being beaten by police. Authorities say the man died of natural causes.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    Bahrain’s majority Shiites began protests for greater rights in February inspired by other Arab uprisings. The country’s Sunni monarchy has offered some concessions, but refuses to give up its control over state affairs.


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