Bahrain reconciliation talks end with ‘zero’ results

Bahrain reconciliation talks end with ‘zero’ results
Sun Jun 23, 2013 17:10:38

Four months of intense talking in 25 meetings between Bahrain ruling regime and pro-democracy opposition have ended with “zero” results, spokesman of the National Democratic Opposition Parties says.

Jameel Kadhim told Voice of Manama on Saturday that, these four months only made an opportunity for the Al Khalifa regime to continue its violence against people and political leaders and go on with its “mass punishments”.

“(During this time) they further limited freedom of speech and freedom of holding peaceful demonstrations for people while they continued their illegal trials and cruel arrests of activists,” he added.  

He said 25 meetings were held but they ended with zero results because those who were invited were not real representatives of people’s demands and they did not have any perspectives of what must be discussed.

Fresh protests hit the capital Manama on Friday against continued crackdown on protests and mass arrests.

The Bahraini pro-democracy activist called on the Bahraini regime “to listen to international calls and does not lose the opportunity to make real political achievements”.

A wave of protests started in mid-February 2011 in Bahrain cities with demonstrators calling for democratic reforms.

The Manama regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states to help them silent the protests.

Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

Bahrainis say they will continue holding demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

string(679) "[{"id":"1477124","sort":"3040108","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/05/23/alalam_635048939629598083_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Bahrain’s al-Wefaq halts talks with regime"} ,{"id":"1478943","sort":"3040109","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/05/28/alalam_635053788022315195_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Iran: Bahrain's move against Hezbollah 'regretful'"} ,{"id":"1484298","sort":"3040110","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/14/alalam_635068325570414697_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Confession video angers Bahrain rights groups"} ,{"id":"1485009","sort":"3040111","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2013/06/16/alalam_635069888245633848_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Bahrain regime forces attack protesters"} ]"