Bahraini activists defy protest bans

Bahraini activists defy protest bans
Thu Aug 22, 2013 14:33:21

People in Bahrain have defied official bans on anti-regime protests in Manama and other regions.

On Wednesday,Bahrainis held protest rallies in the capital city of Manama to show their determination to continue uprising against the Al Khalifa regime in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

The Bahraini security forces have used excessive force and resorted to poisonous gas to clamp down protestors and disperse people from streets.

People also took to streets in other cities and villages of Bahrain to respond properly to the demand of February 14 Revolution.

Bahraini government has been broadly criticized by international organizations for its widespread violations of human rights.

The small Persian Gulf Arab state and Western ally, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, has been rocked by bouts of unrest since February 2011 when an uprising led by members of the Shia majority demanded the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty give up power.

The authorities crushed the revolt but protests and clashes have persisted despite continuing talks between government and opposition.

At least 80 people have been killed since Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted in Bahrain in early 2011, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.


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