Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bahraini doctors to stand trial

Medical centers in Bahrain have been attacked by the regime's forces. (file photo

Source: Press TV

A number of Bahraini doctors are scheduled to stand trial in a military court for treating anti-government protesters, despite international pressure on Bahrain to stop the violent crackdown on demonstrators.

According to Bahrain's justice minister, 47 doctors and nurses have been charged with attempting to depose the regime.

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have also detained dozens of medical professionals and accused them of helping the protesters.

But the medical professionals say it is their duty to treat the injured.

Physicians for Human Rights say doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Earlier on Tuesday, dozens of Iranian doctors congregated outside the Bahraini Embassy in Tehran to voice their support for the anti-regime protesters in Bahrain.

The people of Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

The demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, a constitutional monarchy, and a voice in the government are met.

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