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From Associated Press:
MANAMA, Bahrain — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have filled a main highway in the country’s first state-approved march in weeks.
The rally outside the capital Manama included chants and placards calling for the release of a prominent human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, who is appealing a three-year sentence for allegedly encouraging violence.
Associated Press journalists said the line of protesters stretched for at least three kilometers (two miles). Friday’s march was the first government-approved protest event since a temporary ban was imposed earlier this summer.
Other marches have been held on without government approval, often resulting in clashes with security. Bahrain has been hit by nearly nonstop unrest since February 2011 when majority Shiites began demonstrations for greater rights from the Western-backed Sunni monarchy.
Human Rights First today said that expected Sept. 4 verdicts in three closely watched Bahraini court cases could make Tuesday a potentially transformative day for human rights in the Kingdom. Among those who will learn their fate on Tuesday are 13 leading dissidents, 28 medics and Zainab Al Khawaja, all prosecuted for exposing the truth behind the Bahrain regime’s false claims of reform: here.
Will The Obama Administration Fulfill Its Commitment To Human Rights In Bahrain? Here.
Bahraini opposition stages first major protest in months
31 August 2012, 22:08 (GMT+05:00)
Tens of thousands of pro-reform supporters marched through the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama on Friday, in one of the largest opposition rallies in months, dpa reported.
The “Freedom and Democracy” march, called by mainly Shiite and liberal groups, was the first major gathering since the government’s decision to ban weekly rallies in June.
The protesters marched along Budaiya Highway chanting demands for a democratically-elected government and legislature, as well as an independent judiciary.
In a joint statement, the opposition groups criticized the ongoing security crackdown and the harsh court sentencing of activists, demanding their immediate release.
Friday’s rally came a day after some members of the leading Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, met with the country’s deputy prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al-Khalifa, to discuss the political crisis. It was the first publicized high-level meeting between the opposition and the government in a year.
Bahraini authorities said in a statement that the meeting came at the request of al-Wefaq and that the deputy prime minister had “stressed the necessity of inclusiveness for political development and genuine progress.”
Youth groups, which have been calling for the downfall of the Sunni regime, had come out against the proposed dialogue between the government and opposition, saying that taking part in it would give the authorities political legitimacy.
Protests demanding political reform and greater freedoms in Shiite majority Bahrain, home to the US Navy 5th Fleet Command, began on February 14, 2011. According to the opposition and rights groups, more than 90 people have been killed in government crackdown since then.
Thousands join peaceful Bahrain anti-gov’t protest
by FP Staff Sep 1, 2012
ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans and holding up pictures of jailed activists took part on Friday in Bahrain’s first authorised opposition protest since June.
No clashes occurred at Friday’s march along a 3-km (2-mile) stretch of a highway west of the capital of Manama. Protesters carried Bahraini flags and held up images of rights activist and protest leader Nabeel Rajab, calling for his release.
Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, has been in crisis since a revolt led by majority Shi’ite Muslims began 18 months ago to demand democracy in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
The government has denounced the protest movement, inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world, as sectarian and as part of a quest by Shi’ite Iran to dominate the region. Bahraini Shi’ites deny being steered from Tehran.
The rally, under the banner “Democratic Freedom” and organised by opposition groups led by the biggest bloc, al Wefaq, was the first since the interior ministry banned Wefaq-led marches in June, saying these had ended in violence.
Since the ban, clashes in Shi’ite villages have continued. On Aug 22, protesters pelted police with petrol bombs and stones at the funeral of a teenage demonstrator killed by police gunfire the previous week.
Rajab was sentenced two weeks ago to three years in prison on three counts of leading illegal protests, a verdict that drew criticism from Washington.
Opposition parties led by Wefaq are demanding full powers for the elected parliament to legislate and form governments. Many Shi’ites complain of being politically and economically marginalised, which the government denies.
On Thursday, Bahrain’s deputy prime minister met members of Wefaq at the group’s request, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority said.
In response to the unrest, the ruling Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family has increased parliament’s powers of scrutiny over ministers and say policing is being revamped to conform with international standards.
The United States has pushed Bahrain’s rulers to resolve the conflict through talks, but it values close relations that allows its fleet to run operations out of the Manama base.
Bahrain has been caught in a regional competition for dominance between Iran and U.S.-backed Saudi Arabia. Riyadh sent troops to shore up the Bahrain government last year, and Iran has championed the opposition cause while denying accusations it is orchestrating the unrest.
U.S. warships help ensure oil exports flow freely out of the Gulf.
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