Bahrain regime crackdown again


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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bahrain: Police clash with protesters in town of dissident cleric

Thursday 22nd December 2016

BAHRAINI police fought yesterday with residents of a besieged town that is home to a leading Shi’ite cleric, firing tear gas and arresting at least two youths before withdrawing.

The riot police drew many women protesters into the street who were fearful that Sheikh Isa Qassim would be deported.

The government, dominated by the Sunni monarchy, stripped Mr Qassim of his citizenship in June, accusing him of fuelling extremism.

Mr Qassim is the spiritual leader of al-Wefaq, by far Bahrain’s largest political party which has acted in concert with leftist and Ba’athist groups to demand democracy in the Gulf despotism.

The cleric’s supporters say he’s being targeted as part of a wider crackdown on dissent on the island, which is home to an under-construction British naval base as well as the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

One witness said police targeted a building near Mr Qassim’s home where young people who protectively surround his home at night sleep during the day.

The recent crackdown on dissenters is at a level unseen since the 2011 Arab Spring protests, when the country’s people demonstrated to demand more political freedom from the ruling al-Khalifa family.

Al-Wefaq was involved in those protests, which were put down by force with the help of 1,000 troops from Saudi Arabia and 500 from the United Arab Emirates. Britain supplies arms to all three countries involved.

Prime Minister Theresa May said recently that Britain’s new Bahraini naval base, HMS Jufair, would see “more British warships, aircraft and personnel deployed on operations in the Gulf than in any other part of the world.”

A British military officer is also embedded in Bahrain’s Interior Ministry, and British troops recently conducted a three-week training operation there.

Amnesty International described the silencing of opposition voices as “relentless,” with 40 civil activists interrogated, charged or banned from leaving the island.

Fifty civil society groups have urged the UN to demand the release of Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who faces 15 years in jail for tweeting about the war in Yemen and describing torture in Bahraini prisons.

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