Bahrain anti-dictatorship movement continues

This Euronews TV video says about itself:

Nov 2, 2012 by Euronews

A much-criticised ban on all demonstrations and public gatherings introduced in Bahrain this week appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

Pictures uploaded on social media are believed to show protesters clashing with police in the capital Manama on Thursday night.

Unrest has resumed despite a government crackdown following last year’s uprising among the majority Shi’ite population against the Sunni ruling family’s hold on power.

The latest trouble came on the day an activist was given six months jail for allegedly insulting the monarch on Twitter.

… Activists accuse security forces of using shotgun pellets against protesters.

The authorities say the protest ban is a temporary measure until security and stability are restored.

It has been denounced by Western governments, the UN Secretary General and Amnesty International.

Bahrain: Concerns for the life of Mr Hassan Mushaima have been expressed by many senior activists as well as human rights bodies. The 65-years old leader of Haq Movement, has been constantly denied access to proper medical treatment for his cancer remission: here.

7 thoughts on “Bahrain anti-dictatorship movement continues

  1. Bahrain detains human rights activist

    November 3, 2012

    Bahrain authorities on Saturday ordered the detention for seven days of a senior Shiite activist, accusing him of taking part in a banned demonstration, his lawyer said on social network Twitter on Saturday.

    Yosuf al-Mahafdha, a member of the board of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was arrested late on Friday in the Shiite village of Darraz near Manama where an unauthorized protest took place, Mohammed al-Wasta wrote.

    Mahafdha, in a separate statement on Twitter, said he had gone into Darraz “at the end of the protest” and saw people carrying away someone who was injured.

    The activist tweeted that relatives of the wounded person, whom he did not identify, said he was standing outside his home when he was hit by buckshot.

    Witnesses reported dozens of protesters taking to the streets of Shiite villages around the Bahraini capital on Friday, including Darraz, chanting anti-government slogans in defiance of an official ban on protests.

    Bahrain on Tuesday banned all protests and gatherings to ensure “security is maintained,” after a spate of clashes between Shiite-led demonstrators and security forces in the Sunni-ruled country.

    The Gulf state has been shaken by unrest since its forces in March last year crushed a month of popular Shiite-led protests demanding greater rights and an end to what they said was discrimination by the Sunni royal family.

    Tuesday’s ban triggered international condemnation, prompting Bahrain to say later it was only temporary.

    The International Federation for Human Rights says 80 people have died since the start of the Arab Spring-inspired uprising on February 14, 2011.

    Mahafdha has been probing whether Bahraini authorities have violated the rights of prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab who is serving a three-year sentence for taking part in anti-regime protests.

    Rajab, 48, went on hunger strike on October 6 after the authorities denied his request to attend a three-day condolences gathering for his mother.

    The government did release him temporarily for her funeral on October 4, where he allegedly “violated” the terms of his release by urging Shiites to continue anti-government protests.



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