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Bahrain police disperse Shi'ite protests

2012-08-14 17:01

Dubai - Bahraini security forces fired birdshot and tear gas to disperse protesters in Shi'ite villages around the capital, witnesses said on Tuesday, as police announced the arrest of 11 "saboteurs".

Several protesters were wounded as police dispersed demonstrations overnight that were called by the "Youth Coalition of 14 February" to mark the Sunni-ruled, Shi'ite-majority Gulf state's independence, witnesses said.

The number of casualties was difficult to assess, as protesters stay away from hospitals for fear of being arrested.
The interior ministry said: "Several areas of Bahrain witnessed riots and vandalism and attempts to block vital roads."

An "illegal demonstration" took place in the village of Bani Jamra where protesters hurled "petrol bombs and metal rods", it added.

Demonstrations intensified

"Security forces managed to arrest 11 saboteurs, who are currently being referred to the public prosecution."

The ministry also said that a group of "saboteurs" used petrol bombs to attack a car being driven by a woman, at the entrance to the Shi'ite village of Abu Saybi.

Sporadic demonstrations in Shi’ite villages have intensified since last year's crackdown, which ended month-long protests dominated by Shi'ites in the capital Manama.

Bahrain won independence from Britain on 15 August  1971.

But the kingdom, which is ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, does not celebrate independence. Instead, it observes the coronation of former ruler Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa as National Day.

Meanwhile, Bahrain's public prosecution said the number of people detained over protests since Februrary 2011 had reached 923, contesting a claim by the Shi’ite opposition that 4 500 people were arrested.

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-14 17:12

    This is a Bahrain thread. :)

      sansagain.sansagain - 2012-08-14 20:03

      it does not stop you to write about Iran in Syria threads constantly:-)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-15 05:30

      I respond to other people's posts on Iran

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-14 18:32

    Syria and Iran should be sending arms to these protestors!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-14 19:10

      . Another dumb,stupid, silly and childish remark !!! It is not necessarily to arm the opposition , as the Bahrain security forces are handling these demonstrators with world wide accepted means. " Birdshot and tear gas, is 'slightly different that what your terrorist hero assad uses; Snipers on roof tops firing life amunition on unarmed civilians! Firing rockets into apartment blocks! Dropping bombs from aircraft on opposition srongholds! Firing on unarmed civilians from gunship helicopters! His terrorist soldiers, kicking in front doors and shooting mothers and children, at point blanc range, and if they don't die immeditely, they get knived to death, before thrown on an open fire. So, please , grow up, and don't be so pathetic!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-14 19:37

      I would have thought that sarcasm transmit over cyber space. But knowing you, I admit that my confidence has been misplaced.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-14 19:49

      . Than, you don't know what sarcasm is !! Look it up !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-14 20:19

      sar·casm [sahr-kaz-uhm] Show IPA noun 1. harsh or bitter derision or irony. 2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark You either know this and chose to ignore it - or you are frankly dumb.

      imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-15 05:18

      Bahraini forces with the assistance of saudi forces arrest an 11 year old boy for protesting and doctors and nurses for assisting wounded protesters

      imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-08-15 05:21

      The people of bahrain wants the unelected regime for forty years removed from leadership

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-15 05:31

      Imtiaz, notwithstanding what your codependent Ego says to you, you do not speak for all or any Bahrainis.

  • sansagain.sansagain - 2012-08-14 20:06

    Fidel, Antony is not a real person. It is a bot. Just compare his posts. Do not answer him

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-14 20:23

      He has some kind of bet going on with Fred to see who can triumph as the biggest halfwit on here. His analysis is paper thin, replete with moralistic splutterings and fake indignation about radicals. I would still give the title to fred, for managing to display his idiocy with great succinctness.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-14 20:48

      . sansagain.sansagain.sansagai.sansagain Thank you so much for reading my posts !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-14 20:52

      Fidel, Radicals have in the past 60 years, had this superior behaviour over others, but they have little , if anything to show for 60 years talking CRAP and BS, They just entertain each other!! That's all !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-14 21:16

      Of course you have one big sack in which you can put anybody who disagrees with you!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-15 05:32

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandel is a phony, an Uncle Tom, a lackey of the West. This is on the US/Mandela thread. Enough said.

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