Bahrain dictatorship cracks down on democrats

This video says about itself:

We Are the Giant: Bahrain‘s Top Family of Activists Pays Heavy Price for Challenging US-Backed Governement

24 Jan 2014 – Reconciliation talks between Bahrain‘s ruling monarchy and opposition groups have resumed amidst a continued crackdown on dissidents. The Bahraini government has waged a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since an uprising broke out in February 2011.

The U.S.-backed monarchy is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th fleet, which is responsible for all naval forces in the Gulf. Bahrain is a key strategic asset in the region because it directly faces Iran. “We are the Giant,” new documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, looks at the situation in Bahrain through the lens of a prominent family of activists, the Al-Khawajas. The well-known human rights attorney Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is serving a life sentence, while his outspoken daughter, Zainab, is also behind bars. We are joined by Maryam Alkhawaja, who currently serves as acting president the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, while living in forced exile.

Full transcript is here.

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15 thoughts on “Bahrain dictatorship cracks down on democrats

  1. Reblogged this on From Hamish 'Managua' Gunn's Forest and commented:
    Let’s be clear about some things here. 1. We are talking about some of the kindest people in the world. 2. The Bahraini prime minister, the world’s longest serving prime minister, is easily as brutal and corrupt as Sadam Hussain ever was, uses ex British and American police officers to train and manage torture, not enforced interrogations, but torture. 3. The majority of Bahrain’s population is living in an Apartheid society. 4. The royal family is using the absurd naivity and lack of knowledge of the ridiculously ill-informed and deliberately misinformed western world in order to propagate their illegitimate rule, by raising the spectre of…Iran! Yep, that’s all they have to do, pretend Iran is behind the ‘trouble.’ Yeah, right, Iran wants yet another unstable country in the block. Sorry, they do not, and with neighbours like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, trust me, Iran are the most rational and peaceful nation in the neighbourhood. And boy do they wish people would stop trying to destabilise everyone around them. 5. USA, GB and Finland supply weaponwry for use against civilian persons that are illegal in Europe or not sanctioned for use, in full knowledge that they will be used for nefarious purposes. 6. The Bahraini police force who beat up and torture Bahrainis are mostly foreign mercenaries from countres like Yemen, Syria and Pakistan. 7. There is no geopolitical, moral or financial reason for supporting the illegitimate government of Bahrain. Pretending to ‘not approve’ of the beating up, raping and torturing of doctors who treat victims of police violence makes our governments look like the two-faced hypocrites they are. 8. Most people do not care, but our governments are accessories to murder. This bodes particularly badly for the future. Watch the video. You’ll be surprised.


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