21 April 2012
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.
Protesters were fired up by outrage over the death of one of their number, whose body was found sprawled on a village rooftop after overnight clashes with police.
As drivers prepared for the Bahrain Grand Prix, parts of the desert kingdom looked more like a war zone and one protester was discovered dead. Colin Freeman reports.
By Colin Freeman, Manama, 21 April 2012
Built very much for strength rather than speed, they were not the kind of vehicles normally seen at the world’s premiere motor racing event. Stretched along the desert highway leading to the Bahrain’s Formula One race track were dozens of armoured personnel carriers - ready to use all means necessary to ensure the event went ahead.
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.
April 19 - Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government activists on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix.
By William Fisher
The Public Record
Dec 19th, 2011
Some mainstream media are suggesting that the Bahraini version of The Arab Spring is over. Crushed was the word used by one of the mainstream US newspapers.
But the Sunni King of the tiny oil-rich country, Hamad-Bin-Isa-Al-Khalifa, says the independent report he commissioned is being implemented. The report concluded that peaceful demonstrators were being attacked by soldiers, arbitrarily arrested, taken to prison and tortured. The King has, unexplainably, accepted the report’s findings and promised to work with the people on long-overdue reforms. He is seeking patience from his majority Shia subjects.
A new report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry has revealed that five Bahraini prisoners have died due to torture by the Persian Gulf regime.
20 Dec 2011
The inquiry panel says three of the deaths took place while the prisoners were in custody of Bahraini security forces.
The commission has reportedly called for further investigation into the issue.
The five prisoners were among the protesters who were arrested during anti-regime demonstrations Bahrain.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked thousands of mourners attending the funeral ceremony of an elderly man in a village near the capital Manama, Press TV reports.
18 Dec 2011
Saudi-backed regime forces attacked the gathering on Sunday.
The mourners chanted slogans against the Bahraini regime and called for “the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family.”
Earlier in the day, 73-year-old Ali Ali-Ahmad was killed after he was targeted by tear gas in an attack by regime forces on a demonstration in the village.
18 Dec 2011
Police in Bahrain on Sunday fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans after the funeral of an elderly man who witnesses say died from tear gas inhalation.
The unrest Sunday is the fourth straight day of clashes between opposition supporters and security forces along a main highway west of the Bahraini capital Manama. At least 40 people have been killed since February, when Bahrain’s Shiite majority started campaigning for more rights from Sunni rulers in the Gulf kingdom that is the home of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
14Febtv, 15 Oct 2011
On his twitter account, Sayed Yousif Al Mahafdha; a Bahraini human rights activist, commented on the US justifications in selling its arms to the brutal regime of Bahrain that those arms won’t be used to suppress Bahrain protests by posting 2 pictures (out of hundreds available over the net and with human rights groups) showing the truth.. Those 2 images are: