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New anti-gov’t protests hit Turkey

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Police used water cannon and tear gas overnight Wednesday in a bid to break up fresh anti-government protests across Turkey, media said.

Thousands of people angry over the death of a 22-year-old demonstrator in southern Turkey on Monday clashed with police in Istanbul, the capital Ankara, the western city of Izmir as well as in the southern cities of Mersin and Atakya.

In Istanbul, the Turkish commercial hub where an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests erupted in June, around a thousand protesters clashed with police who fired tear gas and water canon, the CNN-Turk television channel reported.
Several protesters were hurt and around 20 were arrested during the demonstrations in Kadikoy Square, it said.

In Izmir, a large city in the west, more than 2,500 people marched through the city center in defiance of police who fired tear gas, the newspaper Hurriyet said.
It said the crowd shouted “AKP murderer,” denouncing the governing Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party [AKP].

Similar clashes occurred in Ankara, Mersin and in Antakya, the city in southern Turkey near the Syrian border where Ahmet Atakan, 22, died Monday night.
Atakan died in hospital after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister during clashes between police and around 150 protesters, Dogan news agency said.
Local officials disputed that account, saying Atakan had died after falling from a rooftop where he had been throwing stones at police.

In a statement, the police also said the youngster had died in a fall.

His death is the sixth recorded in protests since demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen as increasingly authoritarian, began in June.

‘One killed in Turkey clashes’

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A 22-year-old man has been killed in fresh clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces in the southern Turkish city of Antakya, reports say.

According to a report by the Dogan news agency on Tuesday, the victim was killed after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Turkish security forces.

The protesters had gathered to denounce violence carried out by government forces, which has left a 14-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, in a coma since June. Elvan was also hit with a gas canister.

On September 9, clashes also took place in Istanbul where hundreds of demonstrators had gathered to protest against Elvan’s situation.

Police forces fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. Protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and put up barricades.

On September 7, Turkish police clashed with students protesting against reconstruction plans in their university campus in the capital, Ankara.

The students are opposed to the municipality’s plan to build a road by uprooting a large number of trees on the campus. Reports say around 3,000 trees would be removed inside the campus due to the controversial project.

A peaceful sit-in back in June aimed at saving Istanbul’s central Gezi Park from being razed prompted a violent police response.

Several people were killed and thousands injured after the protests spiraled into nationwide demos against the government.

Bahrain’s human rights black hole – When will there be enough?

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by Catherine Shakdam, source

If Syria is quite rightly monopolizing much of the world’s attention as fears of a global war are slowly materializing now that Washington has put in motion its rhetoric of war, walls of terror and despair are closing in on Bahrain, a once joyful and united nation.

Plagued by protracted political and social unrest, the people of Bahrain have since 2011 relentlessly called on their government and leader – King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah – to implement broad social, political, judicial and constitutional reforms as to reflect their democratic aspirations.

Unbending and unwilling to renounce his kingly privileges for the sake of justice or democracy, King Hamad has so far met his people’s demands with fire and lead, thus prompting a national resistance movement.

While political activists and politicians of the opposition remained true to their peaceful aspirations, determined to see through change without resorting to violence, the regime, led by King Hamad has been ever increasingly sinking to new levels of infamy.

Countless reports of physical and psychological abuses have been reported, documented and witnessed by rights groups since 2011, painting the horrific realities of life under a repressive, amoral and unlawful regime.

But if al-Khalifa has authorized and even instructed its security apparatus to act viciously against whomever would dare rise in opposition to his rule, reports that the regime brutalized and unlawfully detained a pregnant – woman have incensed activists around the world and created a popular backlash of such magnitude that it could very well mark a turning point in the opposition movement.

Many Bahrainis have already asked how one could even contemplate agreeing to any form of political agreement with a regime that could behave beyond what is humanly tolerable, or even acceptable.

Because if torture and sectarian-based repression are indeed despicable human rights violations, the persecution of a pregnant woman falls under crime against humanity.

The case of Nadya Ali

Earlier this month the authorities ruled that Nadya Ali, a young wife and mother-to-be would have to remain in detention pending trial, based on fabricated allegations that she physically assaulted law enforcement officers.

As reported by Ahlul Bayt News Agency, “Nadya has been facing false accusations, after she was stopped at a checkpoint on 30th May, during a security clampdown on the village of Bani Jamra. The complaint against her is lacking in credibility, especially with the plaintiff holding the power of arrest. Nadya has been held continuously since her arrest, although has not yet been convicted of any crime. Therefore her detention is considered a punishment against her and her unborn child, outside the course of both justice and humanity.”

Nadya’s family have told reporters time and time again that the young woman’s terrifying ordeal with the law started when she and her husband were stopped at a checkpoint in Bani Jamra.

Without giving any reason or justification, the police demanded that Nadya’s husband step out of his vehicle, before they moved to handcuff him and threw him in a van to be transported to the police station and processed.

As Nadya protested, stressing her husband’s innocence, not understanding why the police would perceive him to be a threat, officers turned their attention to her. In what can only be characterized as a random and sectarian-based targeted attack, police confiscated her ID card, warning she would face prosecution should she continue to resist.

Left free to return home, Nadya thought of nothing but to arrange for her husband’s safe release from jail, she never imagined that she, soon, would be the victim of state repression.

As per reported by her family members, when Nadya presented herself to Budaiya Police station, as she had been instructed to do by officers, she was immediately put into custody and brutalized by two policewomen in the toilet.

“On visiting Budaiya Police Station to request the return of her ID, an officer handcuffed her and took her to the toilet facility in the station, where she was tied to a chair and assaulted with the help of two other policewomen. Following this ordeal she was falsely charged with attacking security personnel and transferred to the Public Prosecution, who ordered her detention,” her family told the press.

The very idea that the sanctity of life could be so blatantly trampled over and overlooked by al-Khalifa has horrified Bahrainis across all segments of society, regardless of their political affiliations or religious beliefs.

The entire nation has been stunned by such barbarism and inhumanity.

Many activists have asked, “What monster, what blood-thirsty psychopath could ever justify harming an unborn child and his mother? What crime could this child ever be accused of? When will enough be enough? What atrocities will the people of Bahrain have to endure before the world can recognize the evil of this regime?”

The Women Affairs Unit in al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – the most prominent party of the opposition – stated, “Keeping Nadya and her unborn baby in oppressive detention illustrates the methodology of the regime in targeting women and children. Nadya’s arrest reveals a deep problem in human rights in general and especially the rights of women and children in Bahrain.”

Moreover al-Wefaq Liberties and Human Rights Department -LHRD – have called on the Red Cross to intervene on behalf of Nadya Ali and seek her immediate release on humanitarian grounds. The LHRD said “keeping Nadya in jail for this length of time is a punishment for her and her unborn baby.”

They noted that the accusations against her are minor compared with those against many security officers who have been released despite being accused of killing pro-democracy protesters.

Disturbed by the gravity of Nadya’s plight, Dr. Haitham Abu-Saeed, the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of the International Parliament for Safety and Peace, told the press in reaction, “So much is required from the authorities in Bahrain, and Nadya’s case is only an overflow from the tip, because the violations in Bahrain are many and ugly, and they are documented. The reports we are receiving from Manama suggest that torture methods and disrespect to human rights have gone beyond expectations. The Bahraini Government is required to reverse on its wrongdoings and abide to international covenants and sit on dialogue table with the Bahraini dissidents.”

Such atrocities, such abominable impunity can only reinforce al-Wefaq’s rejection of a decision made by the Arab League to establish a human rights court in Manama.

As noted by Nicholas McGeehan, a Persian Gulf researcher with Human Rights Watch (HRW), “The establishment of a glitzy new court won’t disguise the fact that Bahrain has a dismal and worsening record in that regard.”

Syria: EU ministers call for “clear and firm” response & worldwide protests held against war

EU Ministers Call for “Clear and Firm” Response over Chemical Use in Syria

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EU foreign ministers have called for a “clear and firm” response to the alleged Damascus chemical attack, the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton said at a security policy meeting in Vilnius attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“It seems to indicate strong evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for these attacks as it is the only one that possesses chemical weapons agents and means of their delivery in a sufficient quantity,” Ashton said in a statement on the EU website.

But that call came with an appeal from the EU to the United States not to commence military operations against the Syrian regime until the publication of a UN report into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict, the Associated Press reported.

“We note the on-going UN investigation on the August 21 attack and further investigations on other chemical weapons attacks carried out in this conflict. It hopes a preliminary report of this first investigation can be released as soon as possible and welcomes [French] President Hollande‘s statement to wait for this report before any further action,” Ashton said.

The UN weapons inspectors’ report on chemical arms use in Syria is likely to be handed in at the end of next week, President Hollande said Saturday, Reuters reported.

“When the (US) Congress will have voted on Thursday or Friday and when we will have the inspectors’ report, likely at the end of the week, a decision will have to be made,” Hollande said.

Kerry expressed his gratitude to the EU ministers for their “strong position” on Syria, Reuters reported.


Iran, Iraq Warn against Repercussions of Syria Strike

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Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif stressed that who will launch an aggression against Syria will not be able to set limits for it, noting that Obama was entrapped.

“Iran is worried about inflaming a regional war whose repercussions will reach the world,” Zarif said,” We call on the parties of the Syrian crisis to pursue the political track in order to reach a solution.”

Iran FM pointed out that Tehran will exert all possible efforts to prevent the US-led strike against Syria, adding that the role of Iraq and other states is basic to halt the war which harm the entire region.

“Iran and Iraq have the right to condemn the use of chemical weapons more than any other country as we were the victims of these weapons,” Zarif emphasized.

Iran FM had already met Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki ad Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi to view Iraq’s attitude towards the war against Syria.


Latin American States Denounce Any Possible Aggression against Syria

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The nine Latin American states (ALBA) condemned any possible aggression against Syria and announced dispatching humanitarian aids to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“The Bolivarian alliance council in American denounces any possible strike against Syria,” ALBA Secretary General said in a statement from Venezuela.

“ALBA asks the U.S. to refrain from launching a military aggression against the Syrian people and government,” he added, accusing the US administration of resorting to the same strategies that it used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.

ALBA further decided to dispatch humanitarian aidss, including foodstuffs, to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

AlBA includes most of the Latin American states, like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia.


Worldwide protests held against war on Syria

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People across the world have once again held anti-war demonstrations, protesting at possible US-led military intervention in Syria.

In the Lebanese capital, Beirut, hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered outside the US Embassy for the second consecutive day.

The demonstrators condemned Washington’s efforts to gain domestic and international approval for a strike on Syria.

In the Pakistani port city of Karachi, – Muslims demonstrated against threats of war on Damascus.

Similar protests were also held in the Philippines capital, Manila, where anti-war demonstrators took to the streets.

In Canada, protesters gathered in Toronto and Ottawa.

Anti-war rallies were also held across the United States including in the US states of California, Washington, New York, Louisiana, and Michigan.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis on Sunday slammed a possible war on Syria led by the US as a “commercial war to sell arms.”


Pope Reiterates Rejection for Syria Strike

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Pope Francis reiterated his opposition to the US-led strike against Syria and denounced the “trade war” phenomenon which has recently pervaded, calling on the leaders to pursue a political solution for the crisis.

“Violence and war lead only to death, they speak of death! Violence and war are the language of death!” Francis addressed the Christians in St Peter’s Square.

“We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves. As if it were normal, we continue to sow destruction, pain, death!” said Francis.

Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.

Bahraini police clash with protesters near Manama

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Bahraini police forces have clashed with anti-regime demonstrators protesting against the killing of a young activist.

On Wednesday, Saudi-backed security forces fired tear gas at the protesters near the capital Manama.

The demonstrators pelted the police forces with rocks and petrol bombs in response.

The protest was held on the third day after the death of 20-year-old activist Sadiq Sabt, who spent about a month in coma.

According to reports, Sabt was deliberately run over by a car on July 30.

Earlier in the day, Bahraini Justice Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa issued a decree, which restricts contacts between political groups and foreign diplomats, a move that further limits Shia activists in the Persian Gulf state.

Bahrain imposes tougher restrictions on opposition

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Bahrain has imposed new tough restrictions on the opposition, banning political groups from meeting with foreign diplomats without government permission.

According to a decree by Bahrain Justice Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa on Tuesday, all contacts between Bahraini political groups and diplomatic missions and consulates in Bahrain, foreign organizations, and representatives of foreign governments must be done in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.

It also says that a government representative must attend any meeting between Bahraini political groups and foreign diplomats.

The order also requires political groups to obtain government permission to meet international organizations outside Bahrain.

The new set of rules apparently aims to limit the activities of – opposition groups that have played a leading role in a more than 30-month uprising in the Persian Gulf nation…

Thousands of Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime rally

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Tens of thousands of Bahraini people have taken to the streets near the capital Manama in a fresh protest rally against the decades-long rule of the Al Khalifa royal family.

The protest took place on Friday in the Shiite village of Jad Fahs where anti-regime protesters chanted slogans against the “dictatorship.”

The protesters also demanded “democratic changes” in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The protest came a day after a bomb blast rocked a Shia Muslim village near Manama, injuring at least four policemen.

According to a statement released by the country’s Interior Ministry on Friday, the explosion took place on Thursday night in the village of Sahla, about 8.5 kilometers (5 miles) west of Manama.

Describing the blast as ‘an act of terror’, the statement also added that an investigation had been launched into the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

On August 17, five Bahraini police officers were wounded in a homemade bomb explosion in the Persian Gulf country.

According to Interior Ministry, the attack was carried out in al-Diar area on the island of Muharraq, northeast of the capital.

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy. However, the demand changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa regime following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising began.

Protesters say they will continue holding anti-regime demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

Protesters to hold fresh demonstrations across Bahrain: Al-Wefaq

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Bahrain’s main opposition group al-Wefaq says anti-regime demonstrators are to stage fresh protest rallies across the Persian Gulf state on Friday.

Al-Wefaq said in a statement issued on Thursday that all the major opposition parties in Bahrain are set to take part in the protests, which are planned to be held later in the day.

“The demonstrations are to insist on a right that is clear and legitimate for the Bahraini people to move towards democratic transformation,” said the statement.

The Bahraini group also stressed that anti-regime protests will continue in the country until the demands of the nation are met.

The call for fresh protests in Bahrain comes despite the law passed by the Al Khalifa regime in July, banning all protests in the capital, Manama.

On August 14, Bahraini protesters took to the streets in several towns near Manama, chanting slogans against Al Khalifa amid a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces.

Clashes erupted in several areas between regime forces and protesters. Reports said that police fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse protesters…

Bahraini security forces attack protesting prisoners, 40 injured

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At least 40 Bahraini prisoners have been injured after security forces attacked inmates protesting against their conditions, an activist says.

Sayed al Muhafada of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said on Friday that he had received a call from inside the prison telling him that security forces used batons, tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against around 100 prisoners who were protesting over being deprived of family visits and other grievances, Reuters reported.

The inmates are reported to be political prisoners.

“They humiliated, tortured and abused political detainees by cursing, severely beating with batons, using pepper sprays and threatening them,” BCHR said.

“Some of the prisoners defended themselves [which] resulted in the security forces using more violence. The BCHR received confirmed information from sources that the prison guards and security forces used stun grenades and tear gas inside closed cells that resulted in at least 40 injuries.”

Some reports, however, suggest that the clashes erupted when prison guards began a sudden search of the prison cells.

The Interior Ministry said security forces have restored order, describing the protest as a riot.

“They tried to break the doors, the police interfered and restored order,” a tweet by the ministry said.

Most of the anti-regime protesters arrested by the Manama government are charged with terrorism offences and face harsh conditions at prisons…

Bahrainis on Independence Anniversary

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More than 60 demonstrations distributed over 40 Bahraini regions responded on August 14, which marks the anniversary of the Bahraini Independence from the British mandate, to the calls issued by Tamarod movement, challenging the regime’s threats.

Since the early morning, the peaceful rallies started in Karzkan, Damstan, Mousalla, and dozens of other villages.

The participants asserted the rights of the Bahrainis to achieve freedom, democracy, and the state of justice and equalityBahrain2. They further stressed the necessity of ending dictatorship and power monopoly.

The demonstrators raised the Bahraini flags as well as the photos of the Bahraini Revolution martyrs and insisted on expressing their opinions despite the siege imposed by the security forcBahrain3es.

In response, the regime security forces used shotguns to disperse the demonstrations and flooded the different cities with toxic and suffocating gases to attain as much damage among the citizens as possible.

Local sources asserted that the regime security forces heavily deployed around the capital and tried to isolate the different Bahraini cities. These forces took “security measures” that included raising the arrests and raids against the houses of the opposition activists.

Bahraini Tamarod movement later announced, in a statBahrain5ement, that the peaceful demonstrations will target “Sayf” Intersection and that decentralizing the peaceful demonstrations is possible.

The statement saluted all the Bahrainis who responded to Tamarod’s calls and urged the International community to impose on the Bahraini regime respecting the international charters that ensure the human rights.

Violent crackdown ignites tensions across Egypt

Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of a blaze in Cairo on August 14, 2013.

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Violence continues to flare up across Egypt after a violent crackdown by security forces removed encampments of the supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo.

The several incidents of violence took place after Egyptian security forces attacked supporters of Morsi in Cairo on Saturday.

Fierce clashes broke out between the Egyptian security forces and thousands of Morsi supporters in Nasr City District of Cairo with armed forces firing tear gas to disperse thousands of angry pro-Morsi protesters at the 6th October Bridge in central Cairo.

A Muslim Brotherhood official said at least 2,200 people had been killed and over 10,000 injured in the forceful evacuations, noting that the figure was provided by Raba’a hospital.

The government, however, has put the death toll at nearly 90. This comes as the army-backed government says six security forces have been killed and nearly 70 others wounded during the clashes.

Police used tear gas, armored vehicles and bulldozers to disperse the ousted president’s supporters camping out in al-Nahda Square and Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque. Egyptian security forces stormed the main Rabaa al-Adawiya camp after evacuating the al-Nahda Square, the smaller of the two protest camps.

At least two hundred people, including a number of Brotherhood leaders have also been arrested so far.

Some reports say violence has also spread to Cairo’s Christian neighborhoods where three churches have been allegedly set ablaze.

Meanwhile, clashes have been reported from several other cities. Violence in Fayoum, Suez and Alexandria has left nearly two dozen people dead.

The country’s leading Islamic authority, al-Azhar has condemned the latest spate of deadly violence.

The Grand Mufti of al-Azhar has called on the army-backed leaders and the Muslim Brotherhood to resolve their differences through negotiations.

Ahmed al-Tayyeb says resorting to violence has never been an alternative to a political solution. The senior cleric has also called on all Egyptians to show restraint and take the nation’s interests into consideration.

Egypt has plunged into unrelenting string of violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian army pushed aside the first democratically elected president and declared chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as the interim president.

On August 12, the Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance called on people to hold nationwide rallies to counter the military clampdown on their sit-ins.

The Egyptian army had earlier warned of taking action against the supporters of the ousted president.

Bahraini PM: We will forcefully confront protests this week

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Bahrain’s prime minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa said yesterday his government would “forcefully confront” protests called for later this week, and warned those involved that they would be punished, Bahraini state news agency BNA reported.

“The government will forcefully confront suspicious calls to violate law and order and those who stand behind them through decisive measures,” Prince Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa said after a meeting to discuss preparations to confront anti-government protests.

“It will punish (those) who stand behind them in line with recommendations of the National Council (parliament), which represents the will of the people of Bahrain,” he added.

The warning came in reaction to a plan by the opposition to hold a major demonstration on August 14, when the country will hold celebrations of independence from the UK.

Bahrainis hold funeral for boy killed in regime crackdown

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Bahrainis hold funeral for boy killed in regime crackdown

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People in Bahrain have held a massive funeral procession for a young boy who died after inhaling toxic gas used by the regime forces, becoming the latest victim of the kingdom’s brutal crackdown.

People joined the procession that started from the town of al-Malikiyah to his resting place on Saturday.

Ali Jaffar Habib, 10, was transferred to a hospital outside Bahrain after he became seriously ill for inhaling toxic gas.

The young boy’s grandfather, Haji Habib, was killed on the same day the regime forces fired toxic gas.

More than one hundred people have died since the revolution began two years ago. Many of the victims died when regime forces fired poisonous tear gas into residential areas and homes to crush anti-regime protests.

The kingdom’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq, said earlier the regime forces raided 216 homes in several villages across the country last week.

The opposition group also said most raids took place after midnight or at dawn and 42 people including two children were also arrested…


Bahrain deports American human rights activist

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Bahraini authorities have deported a US human rights activist for allegedly posting “radical” articles on social media websites, thus tightening the noose on all forms of dissent.

According to Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BHCR), Erin Kilbride, who worked as a teacher, left the tiny Persian Gulf Sheikdom for the United States on Saturday.

In a statement on Saturday, Bahrain’s Ministry of State for Communications said Kilbride violated her visa by working “illegally as an unaccredited journalist.”

The US woman was “using Twitter and a number of websites to publish articles on Bahrain that were deemed to incite hatred against the government and members of the royal family,” the ministry added.

Bahrain forces injure over a dozen protesters & rights activist barred from returning

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Bahrain forces injure over a dozen protesters: Party

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Bahrain’s main opposition group al-Wefaq says regime forces have injured over a dozen protesters in the past few days as the crackdown on anti-regime demonstrators and activists continues in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom.

The Bahraini opposition party said that the Manama regime forces raided 216 homes in several villages across Bahrain last week.

According to al-Wefaq, most raids took place after midnight or at dawn and 42 people including two children were also arrested.

On August 7, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa banned protests in the capital, Manama, ahead of the August 14 celebrations of the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.

The opposition is planning to hold a major protest on the same day. The Manama regime has warned that any protests would face the “force of the law.”


Bahraini rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja barred from flight to Bahrain

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A prominent Bahraini rights activist has been barred from a flight to her homeland, Bahrain, as the Persian Gulf nation is preparing for a major anti-regime protest.

Maryam al-Khawaja was prevented from boarding a British Airways flight from Copenhagen to Bahrain on Friday over a request from Manama authorities.

The airways officials, however, gave no specific reason for stopping her from boarding. A British Airways spokesman only said the airline barred her as “we are required to comply with requests from individual government authorities.”

“I had the flight this morning from Copenhagen and everything was fine. I did the online check-in yesterday. I was blocked at the boarding and told to check with the counter because there was a problem. The lady called the office in London who told her that there was a denied boarding message as a decision from Bahrain government,” she told IBTimes UK.

Maryam, who holds dual Bahraini-Danish citizenship, was due to visit Bahrain to monitor the situation ahead of planned anti-regime protests set to take place on August 14. Manama regime has already warned that anyone participating in protests would face the “force of the law.”

She later tweeted, “What I want to know is what the regime is so afraid of that they [would] issue a ban preventing me from travelling to Bahrain.”

Maryam is the acting president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BHCR) and according to a statement by the organization, she was due to visit her jailed father.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was given life sentence by a military court in June 2011 for organizing and taking part in anti-regime protests…

Bahraini regime arrested over 200 protesters in July, al-Wefaq says

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Bahrain’s main opposition group al-Wefaq says more than 200 people including women and children were detained during the heavy-handed regime crackdown on protests in July.

The Bahraini opposition party recently revealed that at least 19 children and one woman were also among those arrested by the regime forces during the demonstrations last month.

According to al-Wefaq, over 170 people were also wounded due to the excessive force used by the Manama regime forces.

Meanwhile, Manama forces have raided some 650 homes over the past month, while 18 cases of brutal and inhumane tortures have also been reported.

On August 7, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa banned protests in the capital, Manama, ahead of the August 14 celebrations of the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.

The opposition is planning to hold a major protest on the same day. The Manama regime has warned that any protests would face the “force of the law.”

Bahrain’s loyalist-dominated parliament has also approved a bill banning all protests in Manama.