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Bahrain Uprising: Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets On Protesters

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Dozens of people have reportedly been injured after the army fired rubber bullets at protesters during a recent escalation of violence in Bahrain. Several Bahraini towns have witnessed heavy clashes between protesters and regime forces.

Activists posted on Twitter scores of photos showing fresh injuries from rubber bullets as well as clouds of teargas in the streets of Bahrain.

Most of the reports of violence were coming from one of Bahrain’s largest cities A’ali. Clashes have also been reported in Saar, Sitra, Karanah and several other cities.

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Activists say at least two people were detained during the latest night of clashes. Authorities have deployed additional troops and, reportedly, tanks to patrol the streets.

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.

The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, a leading Bahraini opposition party, accuses the regime of keeping around 1,400 prisoners as political hostages to put pressure on the opposition. One of its leading figures, Khalil Al-Marzooq, told RT that the authorities are violently suppressing protests and arresting citizens on a daily basis to prevent the people from expressing their lawful demands.

“They do not want anyone to protest, especially in the last few months, and they crash any movement by the youth now, when they fire excessive tear-gas and shotguns at these demonstrators,” Al-Marzooq said. “And some of the youth unfortunately retaliate with Molotov cocktails because of the anger,” he added.

Several dozens of opposition leaders and prominent human rights activists have been detained since protests began and the court is due to decide their fate. This is one of the reasons why the protests intensified recently, Al-Marzooq says.

“Today and especially tonight lots of youths went to the street to demonstrate calling for the release of these people,” Al-Marzooq said. These prominent detainees have become “symbols” for activists, inspiring them to demonstrate peacefully without fear of repressions from the authorities, he explained.

“All of these are not going back home,” he said. “Even if they are detained ten times and released, they will continue to be in the streets until we reach our dignity, freedom, and reach a political system that we desire.”

Al-Marzooq believes that the international community will eventually change its “biased” stance on the Bahraini regime’s violations of human rights and that will speed up the “Bahraini revolution.”

“What is happening in Bahrain is absolute monarchy. There is no real representation for the people in the cabinet, the legislative authority and the judicial authority and security,” he said. “The Bahraini people are able to make it and we will make it. We will see what happened in Egypt and Tunisia happen in Bahrain.”

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One thought on “Bahrain Uprising: Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets On Protesters

  • August 14, 2012 at 11:34 am
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    I am a journalist based in Bahrain for the last 20 years.I have seen the Bahrain uprising unfold from its infancy until now. I would like to say some words.Regarding this last months.
    1. Bahrain is trying to control the crowds of the opposition only by means of riot police.Tanks and the arm are out of question.That why we see lots of teargas and rubber bullets.
    2. the opposition left them selves from the parliament, so they are not represented.
    3.There is no like Bahrain revolution, it is sectarian in nature backed by Iran, lets be frank.
    Bahrain revolution is in no way like that of Tunisia, Egypt or Libya.It cannot go beyond the villages because of the following reasons.
    a. all the Arab spring countries the army was with the population supporting them and thus against the government.
    b. the US stand in the Arab spring is important, currently the US has a good relations with the Bahrain Gov.
    c. the regional forces, the Peninsula Shield made of the armies from neigbouring countries will involve as they have done before to protect the Bahrain gov.
    d. last but not least, in Bahrain the people are divided, majority support the Gov.
    If the few opposition stage terrorist actions as they have done before, the rest of the population will react. They are not sitting ducks.Above all die hard liners are around the corner observing things from aside.The majority of the population belong to this group.
    These are some of the facts the opposition are ignorant of.They need a basic course on politics, man, eh?

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