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Bahrain may call state of emergency to foil rallies

bahrainBahrain’s main opposition party has warned about possible attempt by the government to announce state of emergency ahead of August 14 mass protests.

Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society’s senior member, Ramlah Abdul Hamid, told al-Alam on Friday that the Al Khalifa regime is mulling to declare state of emergency and intensify security measures.

The so-called security policies of the regime will end up to insecurity and crackdown, he said, adding that it will only result in more pressures on political activists.

“Crown prince calls for reconciliation but we want a major political plan, based on which people choose the government, the political system is reformed and judiciary acts independently,” he said.

The opposition Bahraini Tamarod Movement plans to hold a big rally on August 14, which is the anniversary of Bahrain’s independence from Britain.

The Manama regime has warned that anyone participating in protests would face the “force of the law”.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive anti-government demonstrations.

Dozens of people have been killed in the Bahraini regime crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

Bahrainis say they will continue holding demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.

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