Bahrain: Thousands Rally To Demand Release Of Jailed Activists


Thousands of protesters from Shiite opposition groups marched in Bahrain on Friday, Aug 31 to demand the release of jailed activists, according to AFP.

The march held under the slogan “Freedom and Democracy” was organized after a two-month break in demonstrations in the tiny Gulf monarchy ruled by a Sunni minority. It was held near a motorway connecting Shiite villages with Manama.

Protesters, including women, waved Bahraini flags and pictures of jailed activists from Shiite opposition groups, the witnesses said.


They carried portraits of Nabil Rajab, a human rights activist sentenced to three years in prison for participating in illegal demonstrations, and placards reading “Free Nabil Rajab.”

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

Friday’s rally follows a two-month ban imposed by the interior ministry to “restore order” after complaints of damage at venues of demonstrations, according to officials.

Shiite-majority Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni dynasty, has come under strong criticism from international rights groups over a bloody crackdown on protests last year inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings.


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2 thoughts on “Bahrain: Thousands Rally To Demand Release Of Jailed Activists

  • September 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The demonstration in Bahrain has never been a pro democracy uprising, it is and was a sectarian movement sponsored by Iran and Iraq clergies and Ayatollahs.Their aim is to establish an Islamic state in Bahrain , a copy cat of Iran.Therefore a decent Bahraini will not accept such a scenario nor the international community.Otherwise the outcome will be same as Iraq.

    • September 2, 2012 at 3:22 am

      Thank goodness the KSA and the US back the legitimate government of Bahrain with guns and bullets against the majority of Bahrain’s people’s evil wishes. Proof that freedom is not free.


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