Protests have been banned in Bahrain and the military has been ordered to tighten its grip after the violent removal of anti-government demonstrators, state TV reports.
“This is the first time in Bahrain’s history that I see this many people in an open area like this,” Maryam al-Khawaja from Bahrain Center for Human Rights told Press TV on Wednesday.
The army would take every measure necessary to preserve security, the interior ministry said.
Three people died and 231 were injured when police broke up the main protest camp, said Bahrain’s health minister.
This is how little of a country Bahrain is… it’s as if someone abandoned a little island, and another rushed to claim it… as his Kingdom!
Yet the brutality with which this regime met protests is ten fold the violence against protesters in Algiers, Tunisia and/or Egypt.
Why do these ruthless tyrants and dictators feel as they are formidable against the will of the people? Could they possibly be supported by external powers and forces?
My assessment is that the U.S. does not wish for Bahrain to become a democracy:
The crackdown has caused unease in the West. Bahrain is a key UK and US ally and hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
This is exactly the name of the game: United We Stand against democracy and Human Rights when it comes to protecting “our” bases (and interests) on foreign lands. People and freedom, are suddenly unimportant.
Meanwhile, as dictators continue to insist on living in their own fantasy worlds, Bahrain’s “king” claims that “Reform” takes time!
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa made a rare national TV address, offering condolences for the deaths, pledging an investigation into the killings and promising to push ahead with reforms, which include loosening state controls on the media and Internet.
The king had previously called for an emergency Arab summit to discuss the growing unrest.
Yesterday Bahraini riot police have stormed a protest camp in the capital Manama, killing at least four people, as the government tried to quell the protests.
The World Reacts
The British Foreign Office confirmed Thursday that it has temporarily closed its embassy in Bahrain.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he spoke to the Bahraini foreign minister and stressed the “need for peaceful action to address the concerns of protesters” and “the importance of respect for the right to peaceful protest and for freedom of expression.”
“We also urge all sides to avoid violence and the police to exercise restraint,” Hague said.
Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, deplored the violence and loss of life.
“She also calls on the Bahraini authorities to fully respect and protect the fundamental rights of their citizens, including the right to assemble peacefully. The peaceful expression of people’s concerns should be met through dialogue,” according to a statement from her office.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon weighed in on Thursday, saying that he is “disturbed by the violent means used to disperse the demonstrators” and that “there should be no violence.”
Secretary Clinton to Call Bahraini Counterpart as White House Monitors Uprising Against Another Ally…
I suspect that Clinton is only interested in the well-being of our forces and assets in this tiny spec of land in the Arabian Gulf. As for democracy, she will only issue her support after the success of the revolution, calling on the new government to honor its commitment to the U.S. and maintain the U.S. fleet’s presence in the Gulf!
- 4 killed as riot police raid protesters in Bahrain (chron.com)
- Bahrain Protesters Demand Government Quit Over Police Crackdown (businessweek.com)
- The Crackdown in Bahrain (reason.com)