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Monday, August 13, 2012

Another Arab Spring Uprising: This time in Bahrain - will NATO drop Peace & Democracy bombs there?

Bahrain uprising: Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters (PHOTOS) — RT

Bahraini riot police forces fire teargas as they try to disperse an anti-government protest in solidarity with jailed Bahraini human rights and political activists in the village of Bilad al-Qadim, a suburb of Manama, in the early hours of August 13, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
Dozens of people have reportedly been injured after the army fired rubber bullets at protesters during a recent escalation of violence in Bahrain. Several Bahraini towns have witnessed heavy clashes between protesters and regime forces.
Activists posted on Twitter scores of photos showing fresh injuries from rubber bullets as well as clouds of teargas in the streets of Bahrain.
Most of the reports of violence were coming from one of Bahrain's largest cities A’ali. Clashes have also been reported in Saar, Sitra, Karanah and several other cities.
Activists say at least two people were detained during the latest night of clashes. Authorities have deployed additional troops and, reportedly, tanks to patrol the streets.
The ongoing uprising by the country’s Shiite majority, which claims systematic discrimination on the part of Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, has weakened after multiple mass arrests. At least 50 people have been killed and many more detained since protests began 18 months ago.
The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, a leading Bahraini opposition party, accuses the regime of keeping around 1,400 prisoners as political hostages to put pressure on the opposition. One of its leading figures, Khalil Al-Marzooq, told RT that the authorities are violently suppressing protests and arresting citizens on a daily basis to prevent the people from expressing their lawful demands.
“They do not want anyone to protest, especially in the last few months, and they crash any movement by the youth now, when they fire excessive tear-gas and shotguns at these demonstrators,” Al-Marzooq said. “And some of the youth unfortunately retaliate with Molotov cocktails because of the anger,” he added.
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Violent clashes erupted in Bahrain as thousands protested the government’s move to limit political marches. Police used tear gas and, reportedly, rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, which responded with firebombs.

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