Two Years of Bahraini State Terrorism
Washington supports their high crimes.
by Stephen Lendman
February 14 marked the second anniversary of Bahrain's uprising. Earlier protests erupted sporadically.
In mid-February 2011, major ones did nonviolently. They continue virtually daily. At issue is King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa's tyranny.
Bahrainis want democratic change, sectarian Shia discrimination ended, equitable distribution of state wealth, political prisoners released, and state terrorism stopped.
They want fundamental freedoms. They want popularly elected leaders replacing Al-Khalifa rule. It's despotic, ruthless and intolerable. State terrorism is policy.
Security force attacks, beatings, live fire, murders, arrests, torture, disappearances, and imprisonments follow.
Bahrain's the home of America's Fifth Fleet. Generous aid's provided. So are weapons and political support.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BHCR provides ongoing reports. It's works for:
"a prosperous democratic country free of discrimination and other violations of human rights."
It says its mission is to "encourage and support individuals and groups to be proactive in the protection of their own and others' rights; and to struggle to promote democracy and human rights in accordance with international norms."
Its four objectives include:
(1) Promoting civil, political, and economic freedom.
(2) Ending racial discrimination.