Protesters hold rally in east Bahrain

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Friday, 17 June 2011

shiitenews_Protesters_hold_rally_in_east_BahrainBahraini protesters have staged an anti-government rally in the eastern city of Sitra to mark the fourth months of popular uprising in the small Persian Gulf sheikhdom.

The rally has taken place as Bahrainis brace for nationwide anti-government protests after the Friday prayers, upon a call by the country's largest opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

On Thursday night, protesters took to the streets of Barbar village in the north of Bahrain.

Meanwhile, regime officials have reportedly taken over the pages of Rasad News, a major source of news about human rights violations in the Middle Eastern country.

Several anti-government websites and chat room applications have also been blocked this month.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Bahrain have staged protests in the streets, calling for an end to Al Khalifa rule.

On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the Persian Gulf island upon Manama's request to quell the countrywide protests.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Bahraini security forces have reportedly kidnapped several women, including doctors, university professors and students.

Human rights groups and the families of protesters arrested during the crackdown say that most detainees have been physically and mentally abused, while the whereabouts of many of them remain unknown.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have criticized the Manama regime for its brutal crackdown on civilians.

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