Bahrain is the scene of yet another anti-government rally

Published on 3 Jan 2014
Bahrain is the scene of yet another anti-government rally. The protest west of Manama was joined by the leader of the main opposition bloc Al-Wefaq.

Sheikh Ali Salman attended the rally in the village of Shakhora to condemn the jailing of photographers and activists by the Al Khalifa regime. The protest comes as Manama continues its brutal crackdown against opposition leaders and activists calling for democratic change in the Persian Gulf Kingdom. The Al Khalifa regime has detained hundreds of opposition activists since the revolution started in 20-11. Scores of protesters have died in the crackdown and many others have been given lengthy jail sentences for attending anti-regime protests.

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Massive protest in Bahrain

Thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets of the capital Manama on Tuesday afternoon in a noisy but peaceful anti-government demonstration.

The march left the capital s Salmaniya hospital and moved slowly towards Pearl roundabout monument which has become a rallying point for pro-democracy campaigners during weeks of protests.

Men and women marched separately many waving Bahraini flags and chanting loudly.
The continued demonstrations appear part of a strategy to hold rallies at sensitive locations in Manama while maintaining a round-the-clock protest base in a landmark square in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Already this week protesters have staged rallies outside the country s parliament the state television government ministries and marched past international banks and hotels as well as foreign embassies.

Shiites who account for about 70 percent of the country s 525-thousand people have long complained of discrimination and other abuses by the Sunni rulers.

The uprising in Bahrain was the first in the Gulf from the reform groundswell across the Arab world. But clashes have since spread to Oman and opposition groups in Saudi Arabia have brought rare challenges to the near-absolute power of the nation s king.

Bahrain s rulers have sought talks with opposition groups to ease the tensions. However they are under pressure from Gulf allies not to offer too many political concessions. Many Sunnis across the region fear that conceding significant power to Bahrain s Shiites could open the door for greater influence by Shiite powerhouse Iran.

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Clashes with police in Bahrain continue

Published on 16 Jul 2013
Opposition groups in Bahrain have called on the government to allow a major demonstration calling for greater freedoms, which is planned for next month. The Gulf state’s been seeing violence for more than two years now, with thousands of anti-regime protesters clashing with police on a daily basis. Let’s go to Saeed al-Shehabi – London-based activist from the Bahrain Freedom Movement.

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Bahrain’s revolution – by another view

Taken into custody by masked men

What if a country’s biggest athlete, a legend, a hero, a player who brought the nation some of its biggest sporting moments, was at practice one day and was suddenly taken into custody by masked men? What if he was held for months, tortured, his career ended, banned from his team and for playing for his country, all because he expressed his political views? It’s not a storyline from a Hollywood script — that is what allegedly happened in Bahrain. Specifically, it’s what Alaa Hubail says happened to him. Hubail is the most famous soccer player in Bahrain and says similar treatment was forced on his brother, Mohammad, also a member of Bahrain’s national soccer team; and to Anwar Al-Makki, Bahrain’s internationally ranked table-tennis champion.

In a story largely ignored by the Western world, these athletes describe in detail the horrific torture they endured at the hands of their government — a government that is allied with the United States despite allegations of human rights abuses against pro-democracy protestors. E:60 goes to the Middle East for the first time to investigate how athletes were caught up in the clash of democracy, freedom, repression and politics. Jeremy Schaap reports.

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Bahrain Shouting in the dark

Bahrain: An island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf where the Shia Muslim majority are ruled by a family from the Sunni minority. Where people fighting for democratic rights broke the barriers of fear, only to find themselves alone and crushed.

This is their story and Al Jazeera is their witness – the only TV journalists who remained to follow their journey of hope to the carnage that followed.

This is the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world.

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