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Bahrain's War on Freedom

Bahrain monarchy one of the region's most despotic.

by Stephen Lendman

In February 2011, major protests erupted. Bahrainis challenged despotic rule nonviolently. Daily they protest. Police state harshness confronts them. 

At issue is King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa's regime. Bahrainis want popularly elected leadership replacing him.

He ranks with the world's worst despots. He's a US favorite. He's welcomed in Washington and other Western capitals. Obama and other world leaders turn a blind eye to his crimes.

Compared to him, Saudi leaders, and other Gulf state tyrants, Assad looks saintly. Peaceful Bahrainis brave tear gas, beatings, rubber bullets, live fire, arrests, torture, kangaroo court justice, imprisonment, disappearances and death. 

Life and limb are risked to live free. A huge price is paid for trying. Popular courage and resilience show no signs of waning. Stakes are too high to quit. 

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State-sponsored terror challenges them. It continues unabated. 

On August 3, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) headlined "Self-determination peaceful protests violently suppressed, numerous arrests, reports of beatings and ill treatment," saying:

August 2 was like most other days. Bahrainis protested peacefully. They want democratic freedom and social justice. Self-determination demands unite them. Violence confronts all demonstrations.

Police used tear gas, stun grenades, and birdshot. Numerous injuries resulted. People were shot in the head. Hospitals are occupied and militarized. Protesters can't get proper treatment. Requesting it risks arrest, torture and imprisonment. People have to manage as best they can.

Excessive tear gas amounts are used. More on that below. It continues after protests are dispersed. Houses and neighborhood are targeted. Helicopters fire canisters indiscriminately.

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Arrests are made regularly. On August 2, about 35 more were made. People were targeted on streets. Others were seized at home. Warrants didn't authorize them. Police states don't use them. They don't explain why anyone can be brutalized for any reason or none at all.

State terror defines Al-Khalifa rule. Bahrainis want it ended. They have every right. They deserve better. Western leaders irnore their ordeal. They're too busy killing Syrians, planning war, and more to follow. 

Family members of those arrested August 2 said they were taken to "the stable." It's "an unofficial torture center." Those arrested showed signs of abuse. They've been moved to Fort Prison.

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