Manama cracks down on demonstrations against death sentences

Bahraini forces have heavy-handedly cracked down on protests which broke out after the Manama regime sentenced six people to death over terrorism charges.

Bahraini troops used teargas to suppress a demonstration which was held in the village of Diraz by mostly female protesters on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Bahrain military court handed down the sentences and revoked the six people’s citizenship for “forming a terror cell, attempting to assassinate Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifah and committing other acts of terror.”

Bahraini scholars also railed against the ruling which they describe as legally and ethically unjust.

The court sentenced seven other defendants to seven-year jail terms and also deprived them of their citizenship. Five men were acquitted.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.

They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.


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