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  1. Protests Shake Bahrain’s City PDF Imprimir E-Mail

    Manama, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Bahraini opponents who demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al Khalifa, clashed with police forces in the city of Diya, witnesses stated today.

    According to sources, thousands of people marched chanting slogans calling for the resignation of the head of government and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy.

    Popular protests in the kingdom, led by members of the majority Shiite community, began in early 2011 and since then at least 80 people have died in clashes with police and troops sent by Saudi Arabia to quell opposition outbreaks, according to statistics.

    On Monday this capital was the scene of marches called by the Al Wefaq party (Arabic acronym of National Islamic Society) which demanded the formation of a technocrat cabinet to face the dire economic situation and the dismissal of the Prime Minister, who holds the office since 1974.

    The opposition also demands the release of their leaders and doctors and nurses sentenced to severe penalties for treating the wounded in clashes with police during demonstrations.


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  6. January 2, 2013 5:24 pm

    Bahrain professionals aid protesters

    By Roula Khalaf in Manama

    Jihan Kazeerooni never saw herself as a political activist. When Bahrain’s Shia uprising erupted in February 2011, the 34-year-old banker looked on, as if the outpouring of anger was of little concern to her.

    Though a Shia herself, she came from a wealthy family and supported a monarchy drawn from the Sunni minority.

    But then an attack on protesters camped out on a roundabout in Manama , the island state’s capital, changed her life.

    “I didn’t know what it was like for poor people. But I went to see the truth for myself and I saw innocent people being attacked,” she recalls. “It was a turning point for me.”

    Today, Ms Kazeerooni is a human-rights activist, a founder of a rehabilitation and anti-violence organisation that she set up with a group of doctors and lawyers. She is part of an army of young people, many working underground, who try to maintain pressure on the government by documenting abuses.

    Many of the youth still hold regular jobs by day. They are bankers, analysts, technology experts. By night, however, they are the witnesses to a revolt that they say the world has tried to forget.

    Since Bahrain’s ruling al-Khalifa family called on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf neighbours for help in March 2011, security forces have kept protesters away from Manama. As an eerie calm has been restored to the capital, pressure has eased on the rulers of the island of 1.2m people, which is an important US ally.

    But a short drive from Manama, in the Shia villages ringing the capital, the peaceful image is quickly betrayed. Protests erupt frequently, walls are painted with graffiti calling for the downfall of the al-Khalifas and roads are blocked by trees used by residents as barricades to prevent security raids. Opposition politicians say one village was stormed by police more than 300 times in just over a month, with some houses raided several times the same night.

    “People now are past the shock of last year and are more ready to accept that this crisis is here for a long time,” says 27-year-old Mohamed Hassan, an activist who works at a bank. “But hope is fading for a lot of people so they tend towards more extreme solutions.”



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