Bahrain dictatorship attacks May Day march


This video from Australia is called Bahraini democracy activist addresses Sydney May Day.

From AFP news agency:

Bahrain police break up May Day demo

Most of those sacked during the 2011 protests had been reinstated, but 450 are still unemployed

16:03 May 2, 2013

Dubai: Police in Bahrain fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of workers sacked from their jobs during pro-democracy protests two years ago, witnesses said.

Dozens of people came out onto the streets in villages around Manama on the occasion of May Day shouting: “We want those people sacked to be reinstated.”

The Wednesday protests were organised by the radical February 14 Revolution Youth Commission through social networking sites.

Union sources said most of the people sacked during the Arab Spring-inspired movement that broke out in February 2011 had been reinstated, but 450 of them are still unemployed.

Bahrain: Amnesty renews call to free jailed teachers’ union chief: here.

UN Torture Expert Denied Visit to Bahrain: What Are They Hiding? Here.

Bahrain’s government seems determined to sabotage its own image. It complains that it’s misunderstood and unfairly criticized, but then continues to make decisions that baffle or enrage its international allies. Foreign criticism of Bahrain’s poor human rights record is increasing: here.

U.S. Seeks Action from Bahrain on Firings of Trade Unionists: here.

From The News in Pakistan:

Controversial sheikh romps to AFC presidency

Friday, May 03, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa fought back against allegations of human rights abuses on Thursday as he became Asian football’s new leader with a landslide election win.

The royal, who has also denied vote-buying claims, won 33 of the 46 votes to become president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), replacing disgraced ex-leader Mohamed bin Hammam.

Dictatorship and Double Standards: Bahrain Is More Repressive Than Russia, But Reading the Washington Post You’d Never Know That: here.

The decision by Bahrain’s ruling family to ban the Special Rapporteur on Torture from visiting Bahrain has shocked the human rights world to the core. Almost all human rights bodies have condemned the decision and concluded that the Alkhalifa rulers have blood on their hands which they want to hide from the rest of the world.

The cancellation of an international medical ethics conference that had been scheduled for April 10-12 in Bahrain is another sign that the country’s rulers continue a systematic pattern of politicizing medical affairs: here.

Bahrain court sentences protesters to 15 years: here.

Britain: UP TO 10,000 workers trade unionists, students and youth were on the London May Day march from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square on Wednesday: here.

14 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship attacks May Day march

  1. IANS

    Dubai, April 30: A 35-year-old Indian man in Bahrain was stabbed, allegedly by one of his employers, in a row after he went to collect his passport.

    Radhakrishnan Thankappan Nair sustained injuries in his hand and shoulder and is being kept in the intensive care unit of the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, the Gulf Daily News reported Monday.

    According to the report, when Nair, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram in India’s Kerala state, went to get his passport ahead of a planned holiday, his employer allegedly told him that he would get it only if he signed a blank document.

    At this, a row broke out.

    “The employee accuses his employer of attacking him during a dispute over passport,” the report cited Bahrain’s interior ministry sources as saying.

    “He came out of the office with a torn shirt and blood on it, but the employer denies it and accuses him of hurting himself. A probe is under way to find the actual cause of the fight.”

    While members of the Malayalee community have visited Nair in hospital, the Indian embassy in Bahrain is also investigating the matter.

    Nair has been working in this company, based at Mina Salman, for six years now.

    © 2013 IANS India Private Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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