New protests in Bahrain after killing of young activist

New protests in Bahrain after killing of young activist
Sun Sep 15, 2013 15:10:57

Bahraini people have waged another anti-government demonstration to protest the killing of a young opposition activist by the ruling regime’s Saudi-backed forces.

The protesters chanted anti-regime slogans during the rally in the village of Nouedrat on Saturday.

The rally was held to protest the killing of Mohammed Abdul Jalil Yousif on Wednesday at the hands of the regime forces. Activists say Yousif was run over by a vehicle belonging to government security forces.

The development comes after several protesters were arrested in the north of Bahrain on Friday, when Yousif’s mass funeral turned into a rally.

The situation has been volatile in the US-backed Persian Gulf country since anti-regime protests began in 2011.

Bahrainis primarily demanded political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Manama also called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.

Scores of people have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising in Bahrain began.

Protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

On September 9, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) that she was frustrated with reports of human rights violations by Al Khalifa regime in Bahrain.

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