Anti-regime protesters have staged fresh demonstrations across Bahrain despite the ruling Al Khalifa regime’s heavy-handed crackdown. Protesters took to streets across the Persian Gulf kingdom, shouting slogans against the Al Khalifa regime.
An unknown number of demonstrators were arrested by Bahrain security forces, while many others were snatched from their homes in different villages. On Monday, protesters blocked a road in the capital, Manama, by burning trash bins, to protest against the Bahraini regime.
On April 6, a protester sustained head injuries after he came under direct fire from regime forces in the village of Wadian, in the eastern town of Sitra. On April 4, Bahraini forces fired teargas and sound grenades at protesters in Manama, who were calling for downfall of the ruling regime. The protest was held as a symbolic last day of mourning for Jaffar Jassim al-Taweel, who was killed after inhaling toxic gas fired by regime forces during anti-regime protests on March 25.
On April 2, in the northwestern village of Diraz, security forces attacked the funeral procession for Abdul Ghani al-Reis, who died of psychological shock after visiting a torture chamber where his son was being kept by regime forces. The Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations.
The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring Persian Gulf states. Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries. ( GT)