Bahrain dictatorship and Britain

This video is called Why are you silent when it comes to Bahrain?

Marc Owen Jones writes on his blog about the recent manoeuvres by the Bahraini regime‘s public-relations firms and its supporters, from the threat of legal action against newspapers to “trolling” to placing guests on the BBC: here.

From the Free Speech Blog:

Bahrain king and Cameron discussed riot control “assistance”

24 February 2012 – 3:35 pm

by Padraig Reidy

This press release (below) has just come from the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority. The release outlines UK ambassador to Bahrain’s “praise” for the regime. It also follows what seems to be Bahrain’s public affairs strategy now, which can be summed up as “at least we’re not Iran”.

But this line is especially alarming:

“The Ambassador referred to a meeting between the British Prime Minister and HM the King, where they discussed the possibility for Bahrain to benefit from Britain’s experience in dealing with the street violence seen in Northern Ireland.”

Repressive techniques perfected in Northern Ireland are being deployed for the first time on the British mainland: here.

Bahrain: Ethiopian maid’s family not told of her suicide: here.

3 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship and Britain

  1. Bahrain opposition says ‘violations’ on rise since probe

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    DUBAI — Bahrain’s main opposition formation Al-Wefaq said on Saturday that a woman had died from tear gas inhalation, noting that “violations” by the authorities have increased over the past several months.

    A woman in her 70s, “Abdat al-Hussein, died because of the excessive use of tear gas by security forces in Al-Sahla” region, said the Shiite grouping without giving further details.

    It said “violations have increased” since the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) released its November report into Shiite-led protests in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom in February and March last year.

    “Twenty protesters have lost their lives since the commission began its work” late last June, an Al-Wefaq statement said.

    “Cases of arbitrary arrest have also increased as citizens are detained for 30 or 45 days without any charge,” it said, adding that “security members who run over people, steal or break the law are not held accountable.”

    The BICI head said in November that security forces had used “excessive force” and tortured detainees in its month-long crackdown on dissent.

    The report said that 35 people had died, including five from torture.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP.


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