On December 23, police attacked the demonstrators who had thronged the streets in several towns and villages, chanting slogans against King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The uprising in Bahrain began in mid-February 2011.
The Manama regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.
Dozens of people have lost their lives in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including rights activists, doctors and nurses.
Bahraini demonstrators say they will continue holding anti-regime protests until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.
Ann Clwyd, who is also a member of inquiry into human rights abuses by the Bahraini regime, returned a festive Fortnum & Mason wicker basket sent by Alice Thomas Samaan, head of the Al Khalifa regime’s diplomatic mission to the UK.
“I just could not accept it given what has happened to the citizens of Bahrain,” she said.
Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, who is chairman of the all-party group on Bahrain, said he was also one of the recipients of similar packages.
Bahrain, which is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has been gripped by anti-regime demonstrations since February 2011. The Manama regime has been crushing the protests using harsh security tactics that have so far killed dozens of people and injured many more.
However, UK authorities and their Western allies have effectively closed their eyes to the crimes committed by the ruling regime of the tiny Persian Gulf littoral state against peaceful protesters demanding for the establishment of a democratically-elected government.
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- Behind the Bahraini Revolution: An Interview with Maryam Al-Khawaja (jadaliyya.com)
- Bahrain’s Al Khalifa Govt revokes Citizenship of 31 Shia Opposition Activists (jafrianews.com)
- Bahrainis Hold Protest rallies & Demos despite Ban (jafrianews.com)