Lebanese gather outside UN headquarters to back Bahrain uprising

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Published in Lebonan
Tuesday, 17 April 2012

labenaes protestLebanese protesters have gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in the capital, Beirut, in support of Bahraini political prisoners and the uprising in the Persian Gulf country.
Carrying placards depicting jailed Bahraini activist, scores of Lebanese gathered at Riad Solh Square, near

UN headquarters, on Friday to call on the Manama regime to release all political prisoners.

They also expressed solidarity with jailed Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months to protests the life sentence given to him by Manama last year.

Lebanese demonstrators also urged the UN to act responsibly about the events unfolding in Bahrain.

They also criticized Arab media outlets for turning a blind eye to the Manama crackdown on protests and trying to portray the uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty as a sectarian movement while it is purely national.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores of people have also been killed and many others have been injured in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.

Bahraini demonstrators hold King Hamad Al Khalifa responsible for the killings during the popular uprising in the country.

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