Bahraini intifada set to meet demands'

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Saturday, 19 March 2011


sheikh_salmanBahrainis will continue with the anti-government protests until their demands are met regardless of the regime's brutal crackdown backed by foreign military invasion, an analyst says.

“The people in Bahrain will continue with their demands peacefully... and they will not go home without a resolution for what they demand,
He pointed to the Bahrainis' unwavering resolve in adhering to their cause (intifada) and noted that time was ripe for the small ruling kingdom to deliver on people's demands and relinquish power.

Demonstrators have been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms since February 14.

Sheikh Salman added that “other institutions” must now replace the minority ruling dynasty in order to keep the small Persian Gulf state from further chaos.

The political party member in Manama said that Bahrainis “believe in a peaceful movement and revolution” despite the foreign military incursion into the country.

On Friday, Bahrain TV showed footage of a convoy of troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arriving in the capital Manama following a similar intervention by Saudi Arabia forces.

Earlier, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa announced that three or four Persian Gulf countries would be sending troops to help quell the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the country.

Sheikh Salman referred to the arrest of opposition activists and protesters and rejected the idea of negotiations with the government's heavy-handed clampdown on the protests.

He called on the UN to probe the killings of Bahraini citizens and accounts of inquisitions and persecutions by the order of al-Khalifa dynasty in the sheikhdom.

At least 9 pro-democracy shia protestors have been martyred and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny kingdom, where the United States Fifth Fleet is based.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations have strongly condemned the military intervention and have called the action illegal.

Abducted Bahrainis sent to Saudi

An eye witness to the abduction of Bahraini opposition leaders says that Saudi forces attacked the homes of the leaders, while others say they were taken to Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, Bahraini activist Ahmed Tork said in an interview with IRNA that Saudi forces had arrested the leaders from their homes in the middle of the night, and that all the leaders except for Sheikh Ali Salman, had been taken.

Tork further added that demonstrations against Saudi intervention had been held after the Friday prayers in most regions, especially the capital Manama.

The activist went on to say that the streets were extremely unsafe and that innocent passersby have been targeted by the armed forces, while hospitals are not properly prepared to help the injured.

Demonstrators in the Shia-majority country have been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14th.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations have strongly condemned the military intervention and have called the action illegal.

More than 12 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

"> ” said Sheikh Ali Salman with Bahrain's al-Wifaq Society in a Saturday interview with Press TV.

He pointed to the Bahrainis' unwavering resolve in adhering to their cause (intifada) and noted that time was ripe for the small ruling kingdom to deliver on people's demands and relinquish power.

Demonstrators have been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms since February 14.

Sheikh Salman added that “other institutions” must now replace the minority ruling dynasty in order to keep the small Persian Gulf state from further chaos.

The political party member in Manama said that Bahrainis “believe in a peaceful movement and revolution” despite the foreign military incursion into the country.

On Friday, Bahrain TV showed footage of a convoy of troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arriving in the capital Manama following a similar intervention by Saudi Arabia forces.

Earlier, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa announced that three or four Persian Gulf countries would be sending troops to help quell the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the country.

Sheikh Salman referred to the arrest of opposition activists and protesters and rejected the idea of negotiations with the government's heavy-handed clampdown on the protests.

He called on the UN to probe the killings of Bahraini citizens and accounts of inquisitions and persecutions by the order of al-Khalifa dynasty in the sheikhdom.

At least 9 pro-democracy shia protestors have been martyred and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny kingdom, where the United States Fifth Fleet is based.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations have strongly condemned the military intervention and have called the action illegal.

Abducted Bahrainis sent to Saudi

An eye witness to the abduction of Bahraini opposition leaders says that Saudi forces attacked the homes of the leaders, while others say they were taken to Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, Bahraini activist Ahmed Tork said in an interview with IRNA that Saudi forces had arrested the leaders from their homes in the middle of the night, and that all the leaders except for Sheikh Ali Salman, had been taken.

Tork further added that demonstrations against Saudi intervention had been held after the Friday prayers in most regions, especially the capital Manama.

The activist went on to say that the streets were extremely unsafe and that innocent passersby have been targeted by the armed forces, while hospitals are not properly prepared to help the injured.

Demonstrators in the Shia-majority country have been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14th.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations have strongly condemned the military intervention and have called the action illegal.

More than 12 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

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