Bahrain Freedom Movement
20th July 2012
As efforts to ban the notorious torturer, Nasser bin Ahmad from attending the London Olympics continue, it has transpired that the UK Government has ignored several requests and pleas supported by irrefutable evidence against him. Despite the Foreign Secretary’s assertion that anyone proven to have engaged in torture would not be granted a visa, the Alkhalifa dictators have boasted of sending one of the most sadistic torturers Bahrain has seen to London. There are now mounting fears for the lives of three prominent detainees who had testified that Nasser, the son of Bahrain’s dictator, had personally tortured them.
(AP) MANAMA, 22 April 2012
Bahrain - Under heavy security, Bahrain’s embattled leaders toasted the return Sunday of the coveted Formula One Grand Prix even as riot police used armored vehicles to virtually seal off opposition strongholds and fight hit-and-run clashes in the Arab Spring’s longest-running street battles.
The contrasts put the Gulf kingdom’s divisions in stark relief: The Sunni rulers basking in the F1 glamor at the desert circuit while security forces imposed lockdown tactics against Shiite neighborhoods at the heart of the more than 14-month-old uprising.
ANTI-government protesters in Bahrain say a man has been found dead after a night of clashes with police ahead of the controversial Formula One Grand Prix.
22 April 2012
Opposition party al Wefaq said the body of Salah Abbas Habib, who was in his 30s, was found on the roof of a building in the village of Shakhoura, near the capital Manama, Sky News reported.
22 April 2012
Bahrain’s opposition on Saturday reported the first death in protests timed for this weekend’s controversial Grand Prix as the kingdom imposed a security lockdown around the Sakhir Formula One racing circuit.
The body of Salah Abbas Habib, 36, was found in Shakhura village, where security forces overnight “attacked peaceful protesters, brutally beating some of them with various tools and weapons,” said Al-Wefaq, the Gulf state’s largest Shiite opposition bloc.
21 April 2012
MANAMA - A Bahraini protester was found dead after clashes with riot police on Saturday, the eve of the Gulf kingdom’s Formula One Grand Prix that anti-government activists have vowed to mark with “days of rage.”
The opposition party Wefaq said the body of a man named as Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was found on the roof of a building in a rural village. It said the protester was part of a group who were beaten by police.
By Souad Mekhennet, 21 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain — After a night of clashes between antigovernment demonstrators and the police, a protester was found dead Saturday near the capital, as Bahrain struggled to restore calm before an international auto race on Sunday. Opposition groups blamed the police for the death.
Bahrain, a Sunni-ruled monarchy in the Persian Gulf, has beaten back persistent protests from the country’s Shiite majority for more than a year. The protesters have intensified their actions in recent days, hoping to use the international attention focused on the country during the Formula One Grand Prix race to press their grievances.
21 April 2012
(Reuters) - The daughter of a prominent Bahraini opposition activist who has been on hunger strike for over two months was arrested on Saturday evening for trying to stage a protest in the capital Manama, activists said.
Sayed Yousif al-Muhafda said Zainab al-Khawaja, who has been arrested before only to be released several hours later, was taken by police after she tried to protest near the Financial Harbour in the capital.
She was among protesters who riot police tried to prevent marching inside the city’s market area, a Reuters witness said.
Opposition vows “days of rage” during Formula One race
Alan Baldwin, Reuters, 21 April 2012
MANAMA - Crowds of masked protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas back in Bahrain on Saturday, turning the streets into a battle zone on the eve of a Formula One Grand Prix that demonstrators say glorifies a repressive government.
By Maran Turner Special to CNN, 20 April 2012
“Unified: One nation in celebration” is the jubilant slogan of this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. The irony could not be harsher: while sports fans look forward to this glamorous race, one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists is close to death in protest of his ongoing unlawful detention.
Solidarity protests in the streets continue to be brutally suppressed. From the perspective of a majority of Bahrain’s population, it is not one nation. And it is certainly not celebrating.
By Souad Mekhennet and Rick Gladstone, 20 April 2012
MANAMA, Bahrain — The Sunni monarchy has been hoping that the Formula One Grand Prix, its showcase annual event, would restore Bahrain’s stature as a stable Persian Gulf kingdom, blighted after months of antigovernment protests by the Shiite majority that led to the cancellation of the race last year.
Instead, the opposite seems to be happening. While Bahraini officials vow that the Grand Prix will be held as planned on Sunday, Shiite opposition groups and rights organizations have denounced the race as a public relations stunt that has sought to mask what they call the monarchy’s failures to address causes of political discontent here.
In a SPIEGEL interview, Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of detained Bahraini protest leader Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, calls for this weekend’s Formula One race in the country to be cancelled. She says the protests in the Gulf state will continue until Bahrainis are given the right to “self-determination.”
Interview conducted by Souad Mekhennet, 20 April 2012
On Sunday, Formula One racing is set to return to Bahrain, but the country and opposition are divided over the event. Wefaq, the leading Shiite opposition group, has said it is not opposed to staging the race. Jasim Husain, a former member of parliament and representative of the group even visited the racetrack on Thursday to give the event a boost.
By Simeon Kerr, 20 April 2012
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Bahrain has become the forgotten uprising of the Arab spring.
21 April 2012
THE acrimony and protests surrounding this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix come after more than a year of unrest in the country.
Thousands of anti-government protesters began their demonstrations against the ruling al-Khalifa royal family in February last year.
The “Day of Rage” on 14 February, 2011, was inspired by popular upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia, as they called for greater political freedoms in the Gulf kingdom.