Tuesday, March 15, 2011

YouTube removes Saudi attack video

Source: Press TV

The video-sharing website YouTube has removed a video showing Saudi Arabian troops attacking peaceful Bahraini protesters demanding political reform.

The footage posted on the website on Tuesday afternoon was removed hours later, reportedly under Saudi Arabia's pressure.

The removal seems to be aimed at forestalling further outrage against Riyadh, which has dispatched 1,000 military forces to Bahrain.

The Saudi contingent was deployed along with hundreds of army forces from member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council to help Manama crackdown on protesters who are seeking a constitutional monarchy and greater liberties.

The move by YouTube comes as the website claims impartially and transparency as a public platform providing service to people across the globe.

Bahrain witnessed a noticeable breakout of violence on Tuesday as protesters were targeted by army helicopters flying over residential areas in Manama and Saudi troops preventing the delivery of the injured to hospitals.

A protester was killed in separate incidents in the south amid reports of deadly clashes outside the capital.

At least 200 others were shot and wounded in Sitar village, south of the Bahraini capital, as King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa imposed a state of emergency in the country, a doctor in Sitar said.

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Saudi embassy in Manama, chanting slogans against the king and vowing to defend the country from the "occupation" forces.

The deployment of foreign military forces to Bahrain has concerned UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who has called for inclusive national negotiations and called on Bahrain's neighbors and the international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The concerns were echoed by a spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron who said "governments should respond to calls for change with reform, not repression."

The European Union also called on Bahrain's security forces to respect "fundamental freedoms including the right to assemble freely and peacefully."

The footage played in this page is part of the video which has been removed from the YouTube website.

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