New Wave of Shia Arrests Kicks Off in Bahrain

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Wednesday, 08 June 2011


shiitenews_New_Wave_of_Shia_Arrests_Kicks_Off_in_BahrainBahraini police arrested a number of Shia mourners at the weekend for shouting anti-government slogans during a religious festival to observe the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hadi Al-Naqi (as) in the Persian Gulf Arab state.

Police clashed with Shia marchers on Sunday, less than a week after the kingdom, repealed an emergency law that quashed weeks of protests.

"Some groups on Sunday exploit the commemoration of the martyrdom of the Imam Hadi (a) to stage marches and repeat political slogans." the official news agency quoted spokesman of Bahrain Interior Ministry Tareq bin Dayna as saying.

Residents and leading Shia opposition group Wefaq said on Sunday that police used tear gas, rubber bullets, sound grenades and birdshot to break up marches in several Shi'ite villages around the capital Manama.

Marchers in some of the parades shouted "Down, down (King) Hamad" and "The people want the fall of the regime." Some of the gatherings were purely religious, residents said.

Bahraini people have been protesting since mid-February, calling for an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty. Saudi Arabia and the UAE deployed their troops to the state to help crush the protests in March.

US backs Bahrain despite its HR abuses

US President Barack Obama has once again expressed unwavering support for the Bahraini regime despite international condemnation of Manama's gross human rights violations.

In a meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the White House, Obama voiced his “strong support for the crown prince's ongoing efforts to initiate the national dialogue,” a White House statement said.

The Bahraini crown prince also met with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, AFP reported on Tuesday.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Al Khalifa efforts to deal with the ongoing revolution in Bahrain.

"Bahrain is a partner and a very important one to the United States and we are supportive of their national dialogue and the kinds of important work that the crown prince has been doing in his nation, and we look forward to it," Clinton said.

Meanwhile, Clinton stopped short of commenting on the Saudi-backed heavy-handed crackdown on anti-government protests in Bahrain over the past months.

Bahraini opposition groups have lashed out at US for what they have described as Washington's double-standards on the revolutions in the Arab world.

Bahraini people have been engaged in near daily anti-government protest rallies since mid-February, calling for an end to the despotic rule of the Al Khalifa family. Last March, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deployed their troops to the small Persian Gulf island nation to help the Manama regime in its brutal crackdown on protesters.


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"A number of those provoking disturbances were arrested ... and have been transferred to public prosecution."

Residents and leading Shia opposition group Wefaq said on Sunday that police used tear gas, rubber bullets, sound grenades and birdshot to break up marches in several Shi'ite villages around the capital Manama.

Marchers in some of the parades shouted "Down, down (King) Hamad" and "The people want the fall of the regime." Some of the gatherings were purely religious, residents said.

Bahraini people have been protesting since mid-February, calling for an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty. Saudi Arabia and the UAE deployed their troops to the state to help crush the protests in March.

US backs Bahrain despite its HR abuses

US President Barack Obama has once again expressed unwavering support for the Bahraini regime despite international condemnation of Manama's gross human rights violations.

In a meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the White House, Obama voiced his “strong support for the crown prince's ongoing efforts to initiate the national dialogue,” a White House statement said.

The Bahraini crown prince also met with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, AFP reported on Tuesday.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Al Khalifa efforts to deal with the ongoing revolution in Bahrain.

"Bahrain is a partner and a very important one to the United States and we are supportive of their national dialogue and the kinds of important work that the crown prince has been doing in his nation, and we look forward to it," Clinton said.

Meanwhile, Clinton stopped short of commenting on the Saudi-backed heavy-handed crackdown on anti-government protests in Bahrain over the past months.

Bahraini opposition groups have lashed out at US for what they have described as Washington's double-standards on the revolutions in the Arab world.

Bahraini people have been engaged in near daily anti-government protest rallies since mid-February, calling for an end to the despotic rule of the Al Khalifa family. Last March, Saudi Arabia and the UAE deployed their troops to the small Persian Gulf island nation to help the Manama regime in its brutal crackdown on protesters.


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