Bahraini pro-democracy demonstration tomorrow


This video from Bahrain says about itself:

Bahrain 14 August: Rebellion Documentary

August 12, 2013

The first documentary that uncovers the mystery of the UN referendum that took place in Bahrain in 1970 and explains the reasons for Bahrainis to call for a rebellion day against the Al-Khalifa regime.

From AFP news agency:

Activists to test ban with US embassy rally

Bahrain rebellion movement Tamarod is organising demonstration despite warning

11:58 August 13, 2013

Manama: Bahraini democracy activists, inspired by the success of street protests in Egypt, plan to demonstrate near the US embassy on Wednesday in defiance of a government ban.

The government has assumed sweeping new powers to crush demonstrations but the protest organisers insist they will go ahead regardless.

They have called on Washington to use its influence with the authorities to ensure that a pro-democracy demonstration can be held on the doorstep of its embassy without bloodshed.

Bahrain is just across the Gulf from Iran and is the home base of the US Fifth Fleet.

The Bahrain Rebellion Movement, Tamarod, which is organising the planned rally, is less than two months old.

It takes its name and inspiration from the Egyptian Tamarod movement which spearheaded the nationwide protests that triggered the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi on July 3.

The Bahraini group announced its formation on the day of the Egyptian coup but it is taking up a cause that inspired mass demonstrations in the capital in 2011 which were put down only with the help of Saudi-led troops.

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has a Shiite minority of some two million concentrated in its oil-rich Eastern Region near Bahrain and is deeply sensitive to any move to empower Bahrain’s Shiites.

Open letter

On August 1, Tamarod posted an open letter asking the US embassy to provide protection for the planned rally, saying it poses “ethical responsibilities” for Washington.

“We hope that you may convey our deep concern to the US State Department and the US Congress to exert a real political pressure on Bahraini regime to avoid any fatal crackdown and bloodshed,” the letter said.

The group said the goal of the demonstration was a “real democracy in Bahrain not less than that found in Western countries such as the USA and the United Kingdom”.

The main Shiite parties have all boycotted the kingdom’s parliament for more than two years to press their demand for a genuine constitutional monarchy, in which top ministers are elected representatives, not appointed by the king from within the ruling family.

The government banned all demonstrations in the capital, except for officially authorised events outside the offices of international organisations.

Veteran Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman, an uncle of King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, warned on Saturday that the government would not tolerate any threat to public order.

“This island will remain an ember that will burn those who want to jeopardise its security and stability,” he said.

“We shall not allow our country to face the chaos, destruction and displacement suffered by other countries,” warned Shaikh Khalifa.

The UN Human Rights Office has urged the Bahraini government to respect the right to peaceful protest.

“We call upon the government of Bahrain to fully comply with its international human rights commitments, including respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and association,” said spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly.

Bahrain – Use of arrest and torture in bid to stifle protests in Bahrain: here.

Related articles

20 thoughts on “Bahraini pro-democracy demonstration tomorrow

  1. Pingback: British parliamentary Saudi Arabia, Bahrain inquiry hindered by arms trade | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Bahrain government, stop repression, Amnesty says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Bahraini pro-democracy action today, also in Britain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Bahrain regime violence | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Pakistanis protest hiring of mercenaries for Bahrain | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship and David Cameron | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Japanese-Gulf absolute monarchies militarist cooperation | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Bahraini child, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Bahraini regime attacks girls, their little brother, in their home | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Bahrain Internet censorship | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Bahraini royals say Let them eat Fukushima food | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Bahraini bosses don’t pay Indian workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Bahraini on Syrian war threat | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Egyptian, other freedom fights continue | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Free Bahraini blogger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Bahrain dictatorship update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Bahrain absolute monarchy update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: In Bahrain, slavery ‘is freedom’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Bahraini Prime Minister in corruption scandal | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Bahrain regime deports Pakistani mercenaries | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.