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Bahrain riot police fire tear gas, stun grenades on protesters

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | other press author Friday August 03, 2012 12:54author by pat c Report this post to the editors

Where are the United Nations? Where are the EU sanctions? Why is repression ok in Bahrain? Full text at link.

Bahraini riot police have fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of demonstrators attempting to block a highway. Frequent antigovernment protests have wracked the country since February 2011. Protesters and police clashed in several Shiite villages late Thursday and early Friday, witnesses told AFP. The recent protests are a move by Bahrain’s opposition to spark further street demonstrations in the country.

The ongoing uprising by the country’s Shiite majority, which claims systematic discrimination on the part of Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, has weakened after multiple mass arrests. At least 50 people have been killed and many more detained since protests began 18 months ago.
Bahraini policemen arrest protestors during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah, West of Manama, on August 2, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini policemen arrest protestors during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah, West of Manama, on August 2, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

Advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights released a new report this month titled ‘Weaponizing Tear Gas,’ which accused Bahraini authorities of badly injuring and even killing protesters with tear gas by flooding enclosed spaces like cars and houses with the toxic chemicals.The report stated that government officials misused tear gas against Shiite Muslim civilians, and that the attacks caused severe suffering amounting to torture. The report concluded that Bahraini authorities had “routinely violated every UN principle governing police use of force.”

The EU and US have made few statements and taken no direct action against the Bahraini government's crackdown on the uprisings.

Related Link: http://www.rt.com/news/bahrain-protests-opposition-police-clashes-766/

Bahraini women run from tear gas fired by police during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah, West of Manama, on August 2, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Bahraini women run from tear gas fired by police during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah, West of Manama, on August 2, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   here's what we'll do......     feudal castrato    Fri Aug 03, 2012 13:51 
   The penny drops     pat c    Fri Aug 03, 2012 19:32 
   Bahrain activist Zainab al-Khawaja given jail sentence     pat c    Wed Sep 26, 2012 14:31 
   Bahraini court confirms jail terms for medics who aided protesters     pat c    Mon Oct 01, 2012 15:16 
   More unrest in Bahrain today...     T    Fri Oct 05, 2012 23:41 


 
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