Saudi-backed forces attack religious ceremony of Imam Ali Naqi (as)

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Monday, 06 June 2011


shiitenews_Saudi_backed_forces_attack_religious_ceremony_of_Imam_Ali_Naqi_asThe Saudi-backed regime forces cracking down on a religious ceremony of the martyrdom of Imam Ali- Naqi (AS), in south of the capital Manama, as anti-regime protests rage on in Bahrain.

Reports say Saudi-backed Bahraini forces attacked more than 70 mourners  at a religious ceremony in the village of Ma'ameer, south of Manama, injuring many people during the onslaught.

In an earlier video released on Sunday by activists, Saudi-backed forces were seen detaining children on the eastern island of Sitra despite the Al Khalifa family's recent lifting of a nationwide martial law, which had been imposed since March.

In Sitra, residents said that several people were injured and that a house was set on fire.

"We condemn this attack, this kind of attack will make the situation even worse," said Sayyed Hady of al-Wefaq. "This event is so, so normal in Bahrain, we've been doing it for centuries ... the authorities said they won't attack religious events, but this is what they did."

The Shia villagers, some beating their chests and chanting religious verses, were marching to commemorate the festival of one of their 12 Imams.

The popular revolution staged by thousands of anti-government protesters, who have been holding demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, demanding the overthrow of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf sheikhdom at Manama's request to help Bahraini security forces' efforts to crush the nationwide protests.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops, have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.

Bahraini doctors and nurses charged
 

Scores of Bahraini doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters have been charged with attempting to topple the kingdom's monarchy.

The 23 doctors and 24 nurses were formally charged on Monday during a closed door hearing in a special security court.

The 47 accused have been in detention since March, when the country declared martial law in order to clamp down on a wave of demonstrations that swept the tiny kingdom earlier this year.

Though the emergency law was lifted last week, Bahraini authorities have warned opposition activists of "consequences" in case of any further challenges to the government.


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Outraged by the ongoing brutal suppression in the Persian Gulf kingdom, young protesters were shown fleeing police cars on the eastern island. Regime forces then catch up with the youngsters and brutally beat one of them before abducting a number of other children.

On Sunday, Bahraini police clashed with Shia marchers at religious processions in villages across the country, the country's opposition al-Wefaq movement and residents said.

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, sound grenades and birdshot to break up the marches, which were taking place in several Shia villages around Manama, the country's capital, residents and members of al-Wefaq said.

Residents said that some gatherings were purely religious, while at others marchers shouted slogans against the ruling al-Khalifa family, including "The people want the fall of the regime", a chant that has become the symbol of similar protests in Tunisia and Egypt which dethroned long-time rulers.

In Sitra, residents said that several people were injured and that a house was set on fire.

"We condemn this attack, this kind of attack will make the situation even worse," said Sayyed Hady of al-Wefaq. "This event is so, so normal in Bahrain, we've been doing it for centuries ... the authorities said they won't attack religious events, but this is what they did."

The Shia villagers, some beating their chests and chanting religious verses, were marching to commemorate the festival of one of their 12 Imams.

The popular revolution staged by thousands of anti-government protesters, who have been holding demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, demanding the overthrow of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf sheikhdom at Manama's request to help Bahraini security forces' efforts to crush the nationwide protests.

Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops, have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.

Bahraini doctors and nurses charged
 

Scores of Bahraini doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters have been charged with attempting to topple the kingdom's monarchy.

The 23 doctors and 24 nurses were formally charged on Monday during a closed door hearing in a special security court.

The 47 accused have been in detention since March, when the country declared martial law in order to clamp down on a wave of demonstrations that swept the tiny kingdom earlier this year.

Though the emergency law was lifted last week, Bahraini authorities have warned opposition activists of "consequences" in case of any further challenges to the government.


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