Daily Archives: June 22, 2012
There are times when you just have to let the pictures tell the story. But there are some details –
- Ali al Mwale was standing behind Sheikh Ali Salman during a protest. They were standing, calmly, facing the police, holding roses. The police took aim, apparently in a completely unprovoked assassination attempt, and Ali al Mwale stepped in front of the Sheik to save him. He is now in critical condition with a brain injury.
- Syid Hadi, as of this writing, has been taken by police and his whereabouts are unknown to his family.
- Said Yousif was beaten by police.
Many others were injured, as the photos depict. And this is just ONE day in Bahrain.
Photos provided the International Affairs Department at Al Wefaq; many details of this article provided by @ea_as on Twitter.
Here are some images from the exhibit display organized by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and Bahrain Coordinating Committee. The ADC Convention is taking place today through the weekend in Washington, DC.
Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior stated that an opposition rally planned to take place on Friday is unauthorized and that legal measures will be taken against the participants. Will we see more crackdowns and brutality in Bahrain? Yesterday, citizens were assaulted yet again with tear gas, shot gun pellets, and sound bombs.
However, the opposition remains undaunted. The demonstration, they say, will take place from Bilad Al Qadeem to Sehla.
The opposition’s message? “Our unity will defeat you.”
The Bahrain Coordinating Committee supports the right of free assembly and speech, and deplores the use of tear gas and shot gun pellets against citizens and activists.
Stay tuned for more updates and details.
Peaceful. Unprovoked. Unarmed.
Look at them standing there, silent, in their resolution and dignity.
Facing down oppressors in full riot gear and body armor with guns, sound grenades, and tear gas.
Daring to take back their streets, their livelihoods, their security, their rights.
Then: shot in cold blood. By regime forces.
Their crime? An offer of peace.
What did those shots accomplish for the Kingdom of Bahrain?
The General Director of the Northern Governorate Police announced that a group of individuals held an illegal rally called for by Al Wefaq National Islamic Society in the vicinity of Khamis on Friday evening. The group disobeyed warnings and orders to leave the area. Police then used legal methods to disperse the crowd.
He said that some people sustained various injuries, in which one of them was referred to hospital and proper procedures were taken to investigation the case.
The General Director said that the Al Wefaq National Islamic Society had submitted a request to hold the rally. The request was denied due to the proposed timing and location. The rally would have caused traffic congestion and would have endangered public and private property. Al Wefaq was aware that permission to hold the event had been denied prior to the start of the event.
Since when does the prospect of potential traffic congestion warrant lethal force as a response?
Watch the video, and then draw your own conclusions.
Thanks to Bill Marczak for drawing my attention this video.