Friday, March 18, 2011

Arab world braces for Friday rallies

Anti-government protesters in Manama, Bahrain (file photo)

Source: Press TV

People across the Arab world are set to hold huge anti-government rallies following Muslim Friday Prayer rituals to once again demand an end to the US-backed autocratic rules in their respective countries.

In Bahrain, protesters have again announced plans to take to the streets on Friday to call for the ouster of Al Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost two centuries.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have poured into streets, calling for an end to the despotic regime.

Over 12 people have been killed and 1,000 injured so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

The Bahraini protesters also plan to voice their outrage over the Saudi invasion of their country and their participation in brutal suppression of peaceful anti-government rallies.

On March 13, Bahrain's fellow members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council dispatched contingents of armed forces to the Persian Gulf island at Manama's request to help quell countrywide protests.

In Saudi Arabia, opposition protesters have reportedly called for a massive 'million man march' -- despite a persisting official ban on demonstrations.

On Thursday, over 4,000 protesters took to the streets in the eastern city of Qatif and clamored for political reforms and the release of political prisoners.

Protesters chanted and held signs that urged the government to stay out of Bahrain, calling for a million-man-march for Friday.

Anti-government protests have recently flared up in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the eastern parts of the country, despite the state ban on demonstrations in the kingdom.

Elsewhere in Yemen, demonstrators are expected to hold rallies and repeat the demand for the ouster of the US-backed regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Saturday, over a dozen anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with regime forces across the country.

Scores of Yemenis have been killed and thousands more wounded since anti-government protests intensified in February.

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