This video says about itself:
Human rights activists have condemned military aggression towards anti-government protesters demanding political change in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.
By Teresa Smith, Postmedia News in Canada:
Passport snafu leaves Canadian free but stranded in Bahrain
March 14, 2012
Naser Al Raas, a Kuwait-born Canadian citizen who says he was tortured and jailed in Bahrain for taking part in pro-democracy protests, thought his ordeal was over when — after getting help from the Canadian consulate and various international rights agencies — he was freed in February.
But on Wednesday, Al Raas’ fiancee, Zainab Ahmed, said the young man is still stuck in the country as the Bahraini authorities are refusing to return any of his ID or belongings — and the company charged with delivering a new passport allegedly lost it.
Al Raas and Ahmed were supposed to fly out of Bahrain on March 12 after almost a year of uncertainty, but on March 11, Ahmed said, Canadian consul Michael Erdman informed the couple that Al Raas’ passport had been lost on its way from the consulate in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to the courier company’s office — DHL — in Bahrain.
Ahmed said the DHL offices in both cities searched for the passport on March 12 and 13, to no avail.
So Mr Al Raas was let out of the torture jail as even the Bahrain absolute monarchy kangaroo court prosecutors had to drop the spurious charges. Like even Adolf Hitler’s kangaroo court in Leipzig in December 1933 had to acquit Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov and Tanev of spurious charges of having set the Reichstag building on fire. However, the Hitler regime retaliated by beheading equally innocent Dutchman Van der Lubbe and arresting acquitted innocent German communist Torgler.
The tyrannical royal Bahrain bureaucracy is now taking revenge by refusing to return the ID and belongings which they had stolen from Mr Al Raas. And, on top of that, Al Raas is now a victim of the Thatcherite privatisation policies of the Canadian Conservative government (and many other governments). Instead of giving Mr Al Raas his new passport by diplomatic channels, the Canadian Conservatives outsource that to multinational corporation DHL. Which then mucks things up.
She said Foreign Affairs is processing a new passport but “that will take more time.”
“So Naser has delayed his flight and I left Bahrain,” said Ahmed. Writing from Cairo, she said Naser insisted that she leave without him because he fears she is in danger from Bahraini authorities. “He wants (me) to go to Canada to finish my paperwork fast because he doesn’t want me to stay outside for a long time.”
Prosecutors in Bahrain dropped all charges against the Canadian man on Feb. 16.
In an email to Postmedia News at the time, Ahmed said the news brought both of them enormous relief. “He is free again. Thank God this nightmare has ended finally,” Ahmed wrote.
Al-Raas had been convicted of breaking Bahrain’s illegal assembly laws after taking part in pro-democracy protests, and he was facing a five-year prison sentence.
He claims he has been tortured by authorities in Bahrain in the past, after being kidnapped from the Bahrain international airport.
He also has an underlying heart condition called chronic pulmonary embolism, according to a report from his doctor.
He went into hiding after losing his appeal of the sentence. At the beginning of February, he went to court and was sent back to jail. He was released on Feb. 6 and on Feb. 16 the court reconsidered his case.
His case had drawn international attention, with supporters using social media and online campaigns to call for his release. Amnesty International also took up his cause.
When asked for comment, Foreign Affairs referred the question to Passport Canada, which declined to comment due to privacy concerns.
With files from Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News and Thandi Fletcher, Calgary Herald
Passport Canada is a government agency, but also semi-privatised for Friedmanite-Thatcherite ideological reasons.
Here is a photo of a child with his mother at the funeral of one of the martyrs tortured by the Bahraini police in the city of Sitra.