Bahrain regime’s killing, resistance, continue

This video is called The martyr Hassan Maki who died in the prison in Bahrain.

From the Bahrain Freedom Movement (Bahraini refugees in Britain):

Bahrain: Two martyrs executed by police as country wide protests continue

Two martyrs have been killed in one week; many more detained. This is the pattern of events in occupied Bahrain. On Saturday 29th September the Saudi-backed Alkhalifa forces shot a young boy with a shotgun, causing him serious injuries, tortured him and executed him at the scene.

Ali Hussain Yousuf Ni’ma, 17, was taking part in a peaceful demonstration at Sadad Town in the South of the country. His death led to country-wide protests that were attacked. Many others were injured and detained. The killing spree by the Alkhalifa dictators is continuing mainly because of the Saudi, American and British support. No word of condemnation of any state crime had ever been uttered by any those countries. His funeral was attacked with chemical gases, shotguns and tear gases.

Another young man was killed on Tuesday 2nd October. Mohammad Mushaima, 22, was tortured and executed while receiving medical treatment at the military-run Salmaniya Hospital. The martyr had been suffering from sickle-cell disease and had been transferred to the hospital two months earlier. During this period he was kept secluded from the world; his family had was denied access to their son. He was tortured despite his severe health condition.

The Alkhalifa court of cassation upheld the verdicts against nine medical staff, including doctors, passed by the military court last year. The sentences ranged from one month to five years. One day after the verdict the Saudi-backed Alkhalifa forces rounded up the doctors and took them to the torture chambers which had seen them subjected to most horrific torture last year. Dr Ali Al Ekri who was sentenced to five years incarceration was defiant. He appeared composed as the verdict was announced and stated that he was ready to sacrifice for the cause of liberating the country from the Alkhalifa and Alsaud occupation. The dual enemy of Bahrainis were emboldened to take this audacious step by the implicit and explicit American support. While almost all the international human rights world rejected the verdict and called for the immediate release of the doctors, the US State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, was only “concerned”. She failed to call for the immediate release of the prisoners of conscience. Washington has drastically failed its human rights test by supporting the Alkhalifa regime which had been found by its own investigation commission to have administered “systematic” torture on detainees. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others spared no time in calling for the release of the Bahrainis imprisoned by the Alkhalifa and Al Saud army of occupation.

Meanwhile the regime militias have continued their attacks on the properties of the Shia community in the country. The supermarket chain “24 Hours” suffered the 61st attack by those militias and gangs. On 3rd October their branch at Aali Town was attacked with fire arms. The employees were forced to hand over the cash from the tills. Over a period of 19 months the chain, owned by the Jawad family, had sustained 61 audacious attacks, many of which are recorded by the CCTV. The police and security forces are seen in these recordings leading and directing the attacks, before letting them get away with money and other items.

At another level, 28 movements and political parties called for the immediate release of the political prisoners who were detained for calling for reforms or regime change. In a joint statement those bodies condemned the “numerous joint security operations conducted against activists in Bahrain, that led to the martyrdom of tens of activists.”

The revolution has continued unabated. Over the past week, tens of protests were conducted day and night in almost all areas from Muharraq in the North to Demstan in the South. Men and women have marched as they chanted their slogans the most favourite of which are “Down Down Hamad” and “People want regime change”. Those peaceful protests were often attached by the armed police and security forces imported from other countries. Chemical and tear gases are deployed regularly against Bahrainis causing the death of many over the past year. Homes are often targeted for retribution with gas canisters fired inside them.

5 October 2012

6 thoughts on “Bahrain regime’s killing, resistance, continue

  1. How a love affair with Bahrain turned sour!

    Posted on » Saturday, October 06, 2012

    Further to ‘falling in love’ with the beautiful island of Bahrain during my first trip to the country in 1992, I became a resident in 1994. I then got married and two of my children were born in Juffair. During all my years here, I have always contributed to the local society by respecting the Bahraini culture and by constantly praising it to other Westerners. I even opened my own business and provided employment to several local people.

    Taken in by the country’s ‘business friendly’ flagship, I decided early 2008 to invest all my savings in a commercial property project. The project was promoted by a local property developer.

    After signing a sales agreement for the purchase of one commercial unit and paying three instalments totalling BD 47,385 I noticed on October 2008 that the building’s construction had totally stopped.

    Despite repetitive attempts to get a straight answer from the developer (through letters, which were never acknowledged), I reluctantly hired a solicitor in 2009 in order to help me recover my investment.

    Despite sending several letters to the developer, my solicitor never managed to get any straight answer. They totally refuted the fact that halting the construction of the project was a blatant breach of contract.

    We reached a stage when, unfortunately, there was no other option but to go to court.

    At this stage, my solicitor who was a UK-educated Bahraini, had the honesty to tell me that the local judicial system did not account for such property disputes and that my chances to get my money back were quasi inexistent.

    Not deterred by such a demoralising statement, I changed solicitor.

    The case was taken by a senior legal adviser who was very happy to take my case (and my money).

    Prior to paying BD 3,630, I was told that it would cover all payments towards the entire legal process including their firm’s costs and the court’s fees.

    Despite being told that they were ‘sure to win the case’, I struggled for two more years, wasting more time and energy talking to the law firm who ended up telling me that, in order to process my case further, I would have to pay another BD 1,250 to cover the cost of an arbitrator.

    After hearing such shocking news, I told them that I was not willing to pay anything else than the costs initially quoted by them for the complete process.

    Not receiving any positive response, I have asked them to refund my BD3,630 but they are now totally ignoring my emails and letters.

    Thinking I could find someone who cares about the country’s reputation, I even contacted the Bahrain Embassy in London but they told me there was absolutely nothing they could help me with

    So, from this angle, it looks like pretty much as if foreign investments gather as much support and respect from the Bahraini judicial system and from the country’s diplomatic channels as if I was dealing with a ‘banana republic’!

    Although, on a Kafkaesque perspective, my story is probably entertaining, on a personal side I feel very bitter about such a situation where a country like Bahrain is happy to take Westerners’ money by claiming to be a legitimate investment haven, but in reality is no safer than a rogue state.

    I still hope that, by reading my story, some of the country’s officials will decide to get this ‘misunderstanding’ sorted and will help me recover my family’s savings.

    I will slowly continue my plight even if it leads to the International Court of Justice in La Hague, as it is not only a rogue property developer who is at fault; it is the entire country’s judicial system. Name and address supplied


  2. Bahrain Shiite activist Rajab on hunger strike

    (AFP) – 4 hours ago

    DUBAI — Bahraini Shiite rights activist Nabeel Rajab has gone on hunger strike, a local rights group said Saturday, just two days after he was briefly released from jail to attend his mother’s funeral.

    Rajab, 48, who is serving a three-year sentence for participating in illegal demonstrations, was allowed out of jail for one day to bury his mother.

    After the funeral, Rajab was taken back into custody and barred from attending the three-day condolence gathering where friends and relatives pay their respects.

    “In protest against this unjustified punishment, (Rajab) started a full hunger strike (on Friday),” said the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR).

    In a comment posted on Twitter, Bahraini rights lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi said “Rajab’s hunger strike is an expected reaction since he’s being denied his lawful and humane right to attend his mum’s funeral.”

    Bahrain authorities say Rajab was barred from attending the condolence gathering because he “committed violations” at the funeral.

    “Rajab was released briefly to attend his mother’s funeral on humanitarian grounds,” the authorities said in a statement, but he “violated the terms of his release and delivered a speech inciting mourners to stage illegal protests”.

    “Because of his actions, Rajab has had the privilege to attend further mourning gatherings revoked,” the authorities said.

    The BCHR said that Rajab called on mourners to “continue their struggle for rights and democracy,” and argued his speech was a “peaceful expression of opinion.”

    The next hearing in Rajab’s appeal is set for October 16.

    The courts have merged Rajab’s three separate cases of “incitement and illegal assembly” into one single appeal.

    The activist led anti-government protests following a crackdown on Shiite-led demonstrations against the Sunni Al-Khalifa regime in March 2011.

    Bahrain continues to witness sporadic Shiite-led protests that have often spiralled into clashes with police.

    According to Amnesty International, since the protests first began in February 2011, at least 60 people have been killed.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP


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