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Al Akhbar

A Bahraini court acquitted on Monday two police officers on trial for torturing six doctors during the 2011 uprising against the monarchy, a judicial source said.

The two officers had been accused in March 2011 of having “used force, torture, and threats” against the doctors who had been arrested over their roles during the uprising, the source added.

But the pair, identified as Bin Howayel and Noora al-Khalifa, claimed they had done nothing wrong.

The acquittal of the officers outraged human rights activists and the duo’s victims.

“That’s a clear green light for all the torturers to keep on doing what they are doing,” Dr. Fatema Haji, a physician at Bahrain’s Salmaniya Hospital who was arrested and tortured by one of the officers, told Al-Akhbar.

“But what do you expect from a court that has acquitted all the killers that were found in the BICI report,” she…

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by Zainab al-Khawaja, source

Earlier this month, Aqeel Abdul Mohsen, 19, was shot in the face for protesting against Bahrain’s government. He was covered in blood, with the lower side of his face blown open, his jaw shattered, and a broken hand hanging awkwardly from his wrist. It’s one of those images that you wish you had never seen, and can never forget.

After more than 10 hours of surgery, and before Mr. Abdul Mohsen regained consciousness, his hospital room was already under guard by the police. Had he been able to speak, he might even have been interrogated before going into surgery. Others have lain bleeding without medical attention while government security agents asked questions like: “Were you participating in a protest? Who else was with you?”

Bahrain, a small island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia, has been ruled by the Khalifa family for more than 200…

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Press TV

A man has been killed by poisonous gas used by Bahraini regime forces in the ongoing anti-regime protests in the Persian Gulf state.

The victim, identified as Bassil al-Qattan, died on Thursday after inhaling tear gas fumes fired during a demonstration against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty in the capital Manama last week.

His death comes amid excessive use of tear gas and stun grenades by Bahraini security forces as they continue their harsh clampdown on peaceful demonstrators who are calling for democratic reforms in the Arab country.

Locals said they had witnessed extensive use of tear gas, pellet shotguns and sound bombs during the massive ‘Bahrain’s Martyrs Day’ demonstration in Manama on Monday, which caused severe and critical injuries to protesters.

Witnesses also reported that police made at least 25 arrests, including women, during the rally…

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Bahraini Regime Attacks Ashoura Rituals

Moqawama 

The Bahraini al-Wefaq opposition accused the regime of tightening against citizens’ religious freedoms and practice of religious rituals, as it has conducted a series of attacks on displays of Ashoura in some areas around the country.
It further clarified that the forces’ attacks on religious freedoms reveal the mentality of the forces, and that such acts can only be perpetrated under high-ranked orders.”The regime forces attack and provoke citizens rather than protect them,” al-Wefaq said.

Regarding threats by officials against religious freedoms, al-Wefaq stressed that suppression of religious freedoms to practice religious rituals is a dangerous attack that the regime solely bears responsibility of.

“Ashoura is held in most countries around the world, even non-Islamic countries. The event yearly takes place in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and the Asian countries, yet, has not been attacked anywhere around the globe except Bahrain, where the regime…

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Dandelion Salad

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
Nov. 10, 2012

The US-backed Bahraini regime is becoming increasingly desperate to suppress the pro-democracy movement and to cling on to power. We know this because it is stepping up repression and dirty tricks.

More than 20 months of continuous demonstrations across the Persian Gulf island state have not been deterred by state terrorism and repression. The mainly Shia population keeps coming out on to the streets, in even greater numbers, demanding the downfall of the unelected Sunni monarchy – despite systematic, gratuitous murder, imprisonment and torture by Western and Saudi-backed regime forces.

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by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
Nov. 2, 2012

The brutality of the Bahraini regime again this week inadvertently exposed the hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of its Western government sponsors.

While US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was reiterating alleged support for democratic transition in Syria, the reality of US-backed despotism in Bahrain once more demonstrated the hollow cynicism of official Western pronouncements on democracy and human rights.

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Press TV

Bahraini anti-regime protesters have once again staged rallies in the capital Manama despite a recent ban on all opposition protests and public gatherings.

The angry protesters took to the streets in support of political prisoners being held in jails, including opposition leader Hassan Mushaima.

The family of Mushaima says he is gravely ill and needs immediate medical attention.

Senior Bahraini cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim said the Al Khalifa regime has denied treatment of Mushaima in jail despite his “frightening” health condition.

Bahraini security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators in Manama.

The recent demonstration comes after Bahrain’s Interior Ministry imposed a ban on all protests and gatherings across the country and cited anti-regime demonstrations as repeated abuse of the rights to freedom of speech and expression.

“All rallies and gatherings have been suspended and no public activity will be allowed until security and…

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Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain arrest 29 protesters

Press TV

Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain have arrested at least 29 protesters in the capital Manama as the regime continues its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Protesters were arrested on Friday night during mass anti-regime protests held in the capital.

Bahraini activists say regime forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the rally on Friday.

Bahrainis hold almost daily anti-regime rallies to demand the release of political prisoners and an end to the rule of Al Khalifa family…

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Bahrainis condemn killing of protester in Sitra

Press TV

Bahrainis have held a demonstration in the northeastern island of Sitra to condemn the killing of a protester by the Manama regime forces, Press TV reports.

Holding the pictures of the 59-year-old victim, Hassan Abdullah Ali, the protesters chanted anti-regime slogans during the demonstration on Saturday.

Ali died when Bahraini…

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Press TV

A Bahraini civilian court has upheld the sentences handed down to at least 13 leading opposition leaders, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority says.

The jail terms, seven of them life sentences, were previously issued by a military court.

The lawyers of the opposition leaders say, however, that the civilian court’s decision may still be appealed.

Human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and opposition leader Hassan Mushaimaa are among those sentenced to life in prison.

“The verdict does not come as a shock. With no international consequences and accountability for the Bahrain regime, they have no incentive to change,” Khawaja’s daughter, Maryam, said on Twitter.

The Bahraini regime sentenced human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison over charges of participation in anti-regime rallies in the Persian Gulf island state.

This is while human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called for the immediate release of Rajab from jail.

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Press TV

Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters have rallied near the capital, Manama, to demand the release of jailed activists.

The anti-regime demonstration, dubbed “Freedom and Democracy,” was held near a motorway connecting Shia villages with the capital on Friday, AFP reported.

Witnesses say the demonstrators waved Bahraini flags and pictures of jailed opposition activists, including human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is sentenced to three years in prison for participating in anti-regime protests.

“We do not forget the prisoners!” the demonstrators chanted.

Bahrainis have been holding frequent demonstrations in support of political prisoners since hundreds of opposition activists were arrested as part of Manama crackdown on protests last year…

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Press TV

Bahraini protesters have held demonstration in the capital, Manama, demanding the downfall of the Al Khalifa regime in the country.

The anti-regime rally was staged on Monday night following similar protests in several villages and towns across the country over the past days.

Bahraini government forces have used excessive force against the protesters since the beginning of demonstrations in February 2011.

According to the leading opposition party, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, more than 1,400 prisoners are being kept as hostages in the regime’s jails.

The group has accused the Manama regime of responding to the demands of the people with killings, arrests and torture.

Meanwhile, Bahraini security forces arrested four protesters in the northern village of Tubli on Sunday. The Bahraini forces also attacked protesters during an anti-regime rally in the northeastern island of Sitra.

The police frequently use teargas canisters, rubber bullets, and sound grenades to disperse…

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Al Manar

The Bahraini Freedom Movement issued a statement Friday in which it described the Russian demand in the Security Council as an “unprecedented development.”

“Russia has asked the UN Security Council to debate the case of Bahrain where a popular revolution has been taking place for the past 18 months. This reflects the new direction of Russian policies in the Middle East following two decades of downward opportunities following the fragmentation of the former Soviet Union. Earlier, the Chinese representative at UNSC had said that its double standards in dealing with the Arab Spring revolutions had damaged its impartiality,” the statement read.

“The internationalization of the Bahraini revolution will be a blow to the Al-khalifa and Al-Saud policies as they attempt to destroy the Bahraini revolution with shear state terrorism. The American and British military and security support of the despotic rulers of Bahrain is causing unease on the…

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Press TV

Bahraini people have staged protest rallies across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in a show of solidarity with female political prisoners.

On Monday night, Bahraini protesters took to the streets in more than 21 districts across the country, and condemned the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protests.

Shouting slogans in support of political prisoners, they demanded an immediate and unconditional release of women protesters held in jail, including senior human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja.

They also condemned Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Women for its silence for the continued detention of female activists and the violation of their rights.

The demonstrators blocked main streets by burning tires and called for unity among the Bahraini nation. Our might lies in our solidarity, they chanted.

Bahraini security forces rushed to disperse the protests by firing teargas, rubber bullets and birdshot pellets at the demonstrators.

The Saudi-backed regime forces also attacked…

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