Bahrain tyranny continues killing

This video says about itself:

Bahrain: Human rights and arms sales

On February 14 2011 protesters in Bahrain took to the streets calling for political reform. Three days later a brutal crackdown began. The UK government had armed the Bahraini regime and, despite ongoing repression, it is still promoting and approving weapons sales today.

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From The Angry Arab News Service:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bahrain Royal PR

From Angry Arab’s chief Bahrain correspondent (she should not be identified, of course): “So apparently the Bahraini Embassy in Washington DC arranged several meetings with students at the American University in order to get its twisted version of events out to them. I guess they are trying to do some damage control since Mariam AlKhawaja has spoken there, as I believe has Nabeel Rajab.

From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:

Bahrain: Armed civilians affiliated with the security forces kill a citizen journalist

31 March 2012

Bahrain Center for Human Rights condemns the continued use of excessive force against unarmed protesters and the targeting of media people who cover these protests that has resulted in a new death of a cameraman.

Citizen journalist and cameraman, Ahmed Ismael Hassan AlSamadi, (22 years old) from Salmabad, was shot in the right thigh (lower abdomen) last night at around 01:30 AM 31 March 2012, and was later announced dead. According to eye witnesses, there was peaceful protest in Salmabad which was suppressed by security forces with tear gas and rubber bullets. Armed men in a civilian car (Toyota Land Cruisers) accompanying the security forces were shooting live rounds at protesters.

Witnesses said Ahmed was filming the violations of security forces. At approximately 1:30 am he was shot with a laser-guided weapon by one of the civilian vehicles accompanying the formal security forces. He was hit in the upper right thigh (lower abdomen), as he was targeted for holding a video camera. (top right – photo of the camera with Ahmed’s blood on it). (Graphic photo of the injury here).

Protesters attacked in Bahrain, rights group says: here.

Bahrain’s largest Shiite political group, Al-Wefaq, blamed militiamen loyal to the regime for the weekend death of a 22-year-old anti-government protester: here.

The press lunch in London to promote the Bahrain Grand Prix gave the impression that all was well in the Gulf kingdom. Within hours, however, there was street fighting again and the country’s leading human rights campaigner was arrested. Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights has long been seen as untouchable because of his high profile, but he was arrested in Saturday before a planned march in Manama which was designed to be a show of solidarity for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, another human rights activist, who is currently on hunger strike. On Friday, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on Bahraini authorities to release al-Khawaja: here.

Bahraini police fired tear gas and arrested demonstrators as protests were mounted against the Formula One race to be held in the Gulf kingdom following the death of fellow dissident: here.

Lawyer for Bahraini rights activist on hunger strike appeals his life sentence: here.

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  1. Bahrain youths protest against Formula One

    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    DUBAI — Bahraini police fired tear gas and arrested demonstrators Sunday in two Shiite villages as protests were mounted against the Formula One race to be held in the Gulf kingdom, activists said.

    Dozens of young protesters gathered in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama, and Tubli, south of the capital, according to postings by the Coalition of the Youth of the February 14th Revolution on Facebook.

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the small gatherings and made some arrests, according to provided footage.

    Activists have intensified their campaign to push Formula One to cancel the Bahrain round of the world championship, slated for April 20-22 at the Sakhir circuit, southwest of Manama.

    The race was cancelled last year due to the unrest that gripped the Shiite-majority state after a mid-March brutal crackdown on protests demanding democratic reforms that would challenge the power of the Sunni Al-Khalifa ruling dynasty.

    “We (object to) holding a sports race that belittles the sacrifices of our children and ignores our suffering and wounds,” said a statement read by a youth dressed in a white death shroud and a black hood, according to a video posted online.

    “Do not tarnish the reputation of the respected auto sport with the blood of Bahrain victims.”

    On Twitter, a whole campaign has been launched against the return of the Grand Prix to Bahrain.

    “Stop, my blood is flowing” and “race over blood,” were two slogans posted by activists on Twitter, where hashtags like BloodyF1 and NoF1 generate scores of tweets.

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that the outbreak of fresh violence will not affect this year’s grand prix.

    Defending champion Sebastian Vettel and seven-time winner Michael Schumacher lately supported the return to Bahrain.

    According to an independent probe, 35 people were killed in the unrest between mid-February and mid-March 2011.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP. All rights reserved.


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