Bahrainis reject king's speech

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Tuesday, 30 August 2011


SHIITENEWS Bahrainis reject kings speechBahraini anti-regime protesters have rejected King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's decision to pardon the demonstrators who were arrested during the country's popular uprising.

The protesters took to the streets immediately after the king's televised speech on Sunday, blaming him for the brutal crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations. 

King Hamad said in his speech that he would “dismiss charges against some of the detained protesters and allow compensation to prisoners abused by security forces.” 

He also promised to reinstate employees and students who have been dismissed for participating in anti-regime protests. 

Thousands of employees lost their jobs in punishment for supporting the protests. Some of the students were denied scholarships to study abroad. 

The Bahraini king's remarks come more than six months after his regime launched a Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. 

Meanwhile, a special security court on Sunday resumed the trial of 20 doctors and nurses accused of treating injured anti-government protesters. The court adjourned until September 7, when it will begin hearing defense witnesses. 

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have been holding peaceful demonstrations since mid-February, demanding an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty. 

Bahrain troops attack protesters

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked anti-government protesters after the demonstrators took to the streets across the Persian Gulf sheikdom to protest a speech by the Bahraini king.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters took to the streets across Bahrain on Sunday shortly after the country's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa delivered a televised speech calling for national unity in a bid to bring normality back to the country. 

The protesters rejected the king's decision announced by him during his speech to pardon some of the anti-government protesters detained during the popular uprising in the country. 

The anti-government protesters also accused the Bahraini king of ordering the brutal crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain, demanding an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty. 

Activists said the protests lasted into Monday morning and that regime forces fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds in several regions including Sitra, where several people were also injured by the forces. 

During his Sunday speech, the Bahraini king also said that he would “allow compensation to prisoners abused by security forces.” 

The Bahraini ruler promised to reinstate employees and students who were dismissed for taking part in anti-regime protests. 

He said, however, that the protest-related trials will continue in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom. 

King Hamad's remarks come more than six months after the Manama regime launched a brutal Saudi-backed crackdown on protests, killing scores of demonstrators and injuring hundreds far. 

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