JNN 13 Nov 2011 : Bahraini activists have held new anti-regime protests across the capital Manama against the ruling Al Khalifa family, and Arab League’s Double Standard on Syria and Bahrain , Press reports.
The demonstrators took to the streets on Saturday in the face of continued crackdown by Saudi-backed Bahraini forces on peaceful protests in the Persian Gulf island.
They shouted slogans against the regime and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, which has been heavily contributing to Manama’s suppression of the popular uprising it has been facing since February.
In the eastern village of Ma’ameer, regime forces stormed a house and detained a young boy.
Meanwhile, a teenage girl was rearrested in spite of her deteriorating health condition.
The 17-year-old Ashwaq al-Magabi, who suffers from sickle cell anemia, was first detained among dozens of women during a protest in a Manama mall in October.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed, some while in custody, and hundreds more arrested during the campaign of suppression.
Bahrainis demonstrate against Arab League silence on Manama’s deadly crackdown, as the League met to vote on several anti-Syria moves, Press TV has learned.
Protesters gathered in front of the AL headquarters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Saturday, demanding the body to adopt a clear stance on the brutal suppression of Bahrainis.
They also held banners saying that the Saudi-backed Al Khalifa regime has suppressed thousands of pro-democracy protesters.
Since mid-February, Bahrainis have been staging regular anti-regime demonstrations, calling for the ouster of the US-backed Al Khalifa family. Peaceful protesters are frequently attacked with live rounds, tear gas and water cannon.
Hundreds of people, including medics, lawyers and bloggers, have been arrested for participating in street protests or expressing support for the opposition.
Human rights activists say many Bahraini doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or have disappeared because they were in possession of evidence regarding the atrocities committed by authorities, security forces and riot police in the course of the brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.
The Bahraini regime has also handed harsh sentences and long jail terms to detained activists, some of whom say that they were tortured while in custody.
Manama’s violence against protesters has drawn international criticism with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressing “deep concern” over the sentences and calling for the release of all political detainees held by the US-backed regime.