Sunday, February 12, 2012

anti-regime protests attacked in bahrain

presstv | Bahrain’s Saudi-backed forces have attacked anti-government demonstrators as the violent crackdown of protesters continues in the Persian Gulf nation, Press TV reports.

Government forces on Thursday raided protesters demanding the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family in the capital, Manama, and several nearby villages.

The latest crackdown comes amid a 10-day sit-in protest held in Moqsha, near Manama, by anti-regime protesters who aim to press ahead with their demands.

The protests are planned to continue until February 14, the day marking the start of the popular revolution in the kingdom in 2011.

The protesters are also demanding the release of political prisoners.

On Thursday, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said jailed rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has gone back on a hunger strike to protest the deteriorating prison conditions.

Khawaja is one of 14 prominent figures who joined an eight-day hunger strike to demand the release of Bahrain’s political detainees.

Bahrain has been hit by a wave of anti-regime protests since mid-February last year, which was immediately met with a brutal crackdown by the Al Khalifa regime.

Dozens of demonstrators have been killed and scores wounded in the popular uprising in the country.