Saturday, May 7, 2011

More protesters arrested in Bahrain

Bahraini protesters demonstrate in front of the Saudi Embassy in Manama

Source: Press TV

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have arrested several protesters as anti-regime rallies continue across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Bahraini security forces arrested the protesters in the village of Eker on Friday after demonstrators took to the streets to condemn Saudi Arabia's deployment of more troops and tanks to the country, Press TV reported.

Talal Abd Al Hamid, a member of the opposition Islamic Action Association, was also arrested recently.

Saudi Arabia first deployed troops and tanks to the Persian Gulf island nation in March.

Bahrain is currently under strict martial law imposed by the ruling Al Khalifa family with the goal of quashing the revolution.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others have been arrested during the crackdown on the uprising, which began in mid-February.

Saudi-backed forces in Bahrain have also sexually assaulted women during sweeps to arrest human rights activists in the country.

A Bahraini woman identified as Fatima, a close relative of prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, said on Thursday that she was sexually assaulted by Saudi-backed forces in her house.

Meanwhile, a prominent lawyer from Human Rights Watch has been denied entry into Bahrain. The regime authorities said that Joshua Colangelo has been refused entry because of the kind of work he does.

On Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay censured the Bahraini government for arresting hundreds of anti-government protesters and putting even doctors and nurses on trial at an ad hoc “military court.”

Regime forces have attacked dozens of mosques, schools, holy sites, and even graveyards in their efforts to suppress the opposition movement.

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