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Tens of thousands join protest in Bahrain
Anti-government protesters demand release of prisoners in the first permitted demonstration since June.

Tens of thousands of people chanting anti-government slogans and holding up pictures of jailed activists have taken part in Bahrain's first authorised opposition protest since June.
No clashes occurred at Friday's march along a three kilometre stretch of a highway west of the capital Manama.
Protesters carried Bahraini flags and held up images of rights activist and protest leader Nabeel Rajab, calling for his release.
Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based, has been in crisis since a revolt led by majority Shia Muslims began 18 months ago to demand democracy in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Bahrain, journalist Reem Khalifa said that since protests started, "It has never been quiet ... especially in the over-populated Shia areas".
"Every day there is tension in various areas around the island,” Khalifa said.
The government has denounced the protest movement, inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world, as sectarian.
This claim denied by protesters who say they face discrimination from the ruling Sunni minority.

... more in AlJazeera - BBC - The Guardian


Bahrain protesters face continued crackdown
Activists say the violence is increasing as people continue to take to the streets to demand change.

Evidence has surfaced of alleged police brutality in Bahrain, six months since the crackdown began on the country's Shia led pro-democracy movement. Activists say the violence is increasing as people continue to take to the streets to demand change.

...more in Al Jazeera

The crimes against Humanity of a dark ages regime

Bahraini boy killed in protest
Opposition group blames police after 14-year-old boy dies on being hit by tear gas canister in oil hub.
A 14-year-old Bahraini boy has died after being hit by a tear gas canister during clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces, the Gulf kingdom's main Shia opposition group al-Wefaq has said.
Activists blamed the police for the death of Ali Jawad Ahmad, who was among the protesters in the oil hub area of Sitra on Wednesday.
A police official told the state news agency BNA that the incident was being investigated, without saying how the boy was injured.
Bahrain has been in turmoil for the past few months since protests by the dominant Shia community broke out, demanding great freedom and political rights.
More than 30 people have been killed since the protests began in February inspired by other uprisings across the Arab world.
More than 70 per cent of Bahrain's population is Shia but claim widespread discrimination by the ruling al-Khalifa Sunni dynasty.
Small scale clashes between police and mostly Shia demonstrators have become a near nightly event in the tense Gulf nation since authorities lifted emergency rule in June.

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The footage that reveals the brutal truth about Bahrain's crackdown.
Seven protest leaders arrested as video clip highlights regime's ruthless grip on power

The unarmed, middle-aged man in the video seems to pose no threat to the Bahraini security forces. He gesticulates at a group of soldiers or policemen, dressed in blue jumpsuits and white helmets, just a few feet away.
One of them gestures as if to wave away a nearby protester filming the incident. Then the civilian is shot.
He sinks to his knees. He stands. He is shot again. And this time he does not get up.

The footage of the incident leaves many questions unanswered. There is no evidence of when it was filmed, or of whether the man was shot with rubber bullets, tear gas or live bullets. The victim's name is unknown. And there is no word whether he lived or died.
But as it spread around the world online yesterday, at the same time as the government arrested seven top opposition leaders and kept injured protesters away from the country's main hospital, it seemed to emblematise the lengths to which the authorities were prepared to go to maintain their grip on power. In another short clip posted on YouTube, another civilian takes his shirt off and waves his arms to show he is unarmed. He, too, is shot. As blood pours from his leg he is taken away in a car in search of treatment, but according to the user who uploaded the video, he is denied access to the hospital. Another video shows him being treated in an ordinary home.
...The opposition accuses the Sunni-dominated government of stoking sectarian hatred by portraying the month-long protests as a movement solely of Shia. "Our aim and goal is democracy," said opposition activist Mohammed al-Maskati in a telephone interview.
"The slogan of the protesters has been to say: 'there are no Shia and there are no Sunni'. Several of those arrested this morning are Sunni."
He complained that the pro-government media is falsely claiming that Shia clerical leaders were behind the mass demonstrations over the last month.
...more in The Independent - Al Jazeera - BBC - The Guardian - Publico - France 24

Protesters retake Bahrain centre.
Anti-government protesters reoccupy Pearl roundabout after troops and police withdraw from protest site in capital.

Thousands of protesters have reoccupied the Pearl roundabout in the capital, Manama, after troops and riot police retreated from the symbolic centre of their anti-government uprising.
The cheering protesters carrying Bahraini flags, flowers and signs that said "Peaceful, peaceful" marched to the traffic circle on Saturday. They chanted, "We are victorious".
Protesters kissed the ground in joy and took pictures of about 60 police vehicles leaving the area.
Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the crown prince, had earlier in the day ordered the military to withdraw, saying that the police would now be responsible for enforcing order, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Soon after the crown prince's directive, protesters attempted to stream back to the roundabout, but were beaten back by the police. According to the Reuters news agency, about 80 protesters were taken to a hospital after being hit by rubber bullets or teargas.
The protesters, however, were successful in the next attempt, after riot police withdrew as well from the traffic circle.

...more in Al Jazeera - The Guardian - La Repubblica - France 24 - Publico / Continuos updates in LIVE BLOG

Bahrain mourners call for toppling of repressive monarchy of Al Khalifa family

Thousands of mourners called for the downfall of Bahrain's ruling monarchy as burials began Friday after a deadly assault on pro-reform protesters that has brought army tanks into the streets of one of the most strategic Western allies in the Gulf.
The cries against Bahrain's king and his inner circle reflect an escalation of the demands from a political uprising that began just with calls to weaken the Sunni monarchy's hold on top government posts and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority in the tiny island nation.

The mood, however, appears to have turned toward defiance of the entire ruling system after the brutal attack Thursday on a protest encampment in Bahrain's capital Manama, which left at least five dead, more than 230 injured and put the nation under emergency-style footing with military forces in key areas and checkpoints on main roadways.
"The regime has broken something inside of me ... All of these people gathered today have had something broken in them," said Ahmed Makki Abu Taki, whose 23-year-old brother Mahmoud was killed in the pre-dawn sweep through the protest camp in Manama's Pearl Square. "We used to demand for the prime minister to step down, but now our demand is for the ruling family to get out."

...more in The Guardian - Al Jazeera - The Independent - BBC / Continous updates in LIVE BLOG

The repressive brutality of reigning family Al Khalifa against the citizens of this tiny kingdom.

The Bahrain capital of Manama was rocked by sporadic clashes, hours after riot police attacked a makeshift encampment of pro-reform protesters in the centre of the city, killing at least six and injuring dozens of others.
An Al Jazeera correspondent, who cannot be named for security reasons, said on Thursday that "clashes were no longer limited to one place...they are now spread out in different parts of the city". He said that the hospitals are full of injured people after last night's police raid on the pro-reform demonstrators.
"Some of them are severely injured with gunshots. Patients include doctors and emergency personnel who were overrun by the police while trying to attend to the wounded."

Another Al Jazeera online producer said that booms could be heard from different parts of the city, suggesting that "tear-gas is being used to disperse the protesters in several neighbourhoods".
Latest reports, however, indicated that a tense calm had descended on the capital with troops patroling the streets. There were also reports of dozens of armoured vehicles moving towards the Pearl Roundabout, the protest site that was raided by the riot police.
Heavily-armed police stormed the traffic circle while the protesters camping overnight were asleep.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Salmaniya hospital, the main medical facility in Manama, Maryama Alkawaka of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms early on Thursday morning.

Nazea Saeed, a journalist with Radio Monte Carlo, said hundreds of people had gathered at the hospital.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from the scene, she said the crowd is chanting: "Down with Al-Khalifa", in reference to the country's ruling family.
"People are also chanting that the blood of the victims will not be in vain," she added.

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At least two killed and many injured as police carry out surprise, night raid on sleeping protest camp in Manama roundabout

At least two pro-reform protesters have been killed and dozens more injured after hundreds of Bahraini riot police, armed with tear gas, rubber bullets and clubs, stormed their makeshift encampment in the main traffic circle in the capital, Manama, while they slept.

The pre-dawn assault on Pearl Roundabout, which has become the focal point for protesters demanding reform, was meant to disperse the crowd and regain control of the area.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Salmaniya hospital, the main medical facility in Manama, Maryama Alkawaka of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms early on Thursday morning.
Nazea Saeed, a journalist with Radio Monte Carlo, said hundreds of people had gathered at the hospital.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from the scene, she said the crowd is chanting: "Down with Al-Khalifa", in reference to the country's ruling family.
"People are also chanting that the blood of the victims will not be in vein," she added.

...more in Al Jazeera - The Guardian - CNN - France 24 - El Mundo

Anti-government protests continue in tiny kingdom, despite apology by king for the deaths of two demonstrators.

Anti-government protesters are continuing to occupy a roundabout in Manama, Bahrain's capital, after two days of violent clashes left at least two demonstrators dead.
The protesters, pressing for a host of demands including political reforms and better human rights in the kingdom, are refusing to disperse, despite a rare apology from the king over the deaths in police firing.
An Al Jazeera correspondent in Bahrain, who cannot be named for his own safety, said that thousands of protesters were occupying a major landmark on Wednesday.
"They are well organised and say that they will make Manama's Pearl Roundabout Bahrain's version of Egypt's Tahrir Square."

He said that protesters also held a funeral procession for the man who was killed during Tuesday's protest.
"The funeral procession left from the hospital and there were no police in sight."
He said that the police allowed the march to continue without interfering.
On Tuesday, Bahrain's ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa made a rare television appearance in which he expressed his condolences for "the deaths of two of our dear sons" and said a committee would investigate the killings.
"We will ask legislators to look into this issue and suggest needed laws to resolve it," he said, adding that peaceful protests were legal.
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