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Teenager Killed in “Barbaric” Attack By Bahraini Police

Teenager Killed in “Barbaric” Attack By Bahraini Police

16-year-old Hussam Al-Haddad was killed last night during clashes with riot police in Bahrain. The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) says that he died after being beaten by security forces. The Bahraini government has labeled him a “terrorist ” and claims that he attacked police with Molotov cocktails.

Opposition party Al-Wefaq also countered the government’s claims, saying that the teenager, who was buried today in a funeral attended by Shia and Sunni Muslims, was the victim of a “barbaric” attack.

The day before the protests, prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison for participating in an “illegal demonstration.” He has already been serving a three-month sentence on charges of writing anti-government comments on Twitter. In one post, Rajab had called for Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s prime minister and the longest serving in the world, to step down.

International human rights groups and twenty US politicians have demanded the immediate release of Rajab, president of the BCHR.

Bahrain has been the site of protests against the country’s Sunni Muslim monarchy since February 2011, when mass demonstrations inspired by the Arab Spring protests were held in the capital of Manama. Opposition activists say that at least 45 people have been killed since June 2011, when the government lifted martial law.

While Shia Muslims comprise the majority of Bahrain’s population, the gulf state — a US ally that houses the US’s fifth naval fleet — is ruled by a Sunni dynasty.

The verdict in Rajab’s trial was announced two days after the government said that it would postpone verdicts in the trials of thirteen other dissidents. Among these are political opposition leader, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been jailed for life, and Ebrahim Sharif, leader of a cross-sectarian political party and one of the few Sunnis jailed in the protests.

Al-Khawaja’s activist daughter, Zainab, was among 40 people arrested in early August after participating in a protest to demand political reforms. She had previously been arrested in April for seeking to stage a protest during Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix. In May, she was sentenced to one month in jail and fined $530 for insulting a government employee. As her lawyer Mohamed al-Jishi said to Al-Jazeera of her most recent arrest, “I still haven’t managed to find out exactly what the charges pressed against her are.”

 

 

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Photo of a funeral in 2011 in Bahrain by Al Jazeera English

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3:24PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Oh well, the US likes Bahrain, it's one of America's friends, so anything is okay there. If it happened anywhere else, Hillary Clinton would be wagging her finger at them. This is nothing new.

9:21AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

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We, Americans can take away from all of this, a lesson about oppressed people and what powers still lie within their grasp, to realize to path back...From Slavery to Freedom. To realize that it is not too late to re-contruct the US Constitution and to oust those that would rule our very lives. You see America is not that much different from Tunisia, our course has gone stray, our future appears sullen and dark, while our "leaders" fight amongst themselves.

"Our future is bright, our course is clear", No those are not the words of Obamma, but Tunisia's now ousted leader, President Ben Ali. They just sound familiar, don't they.

7:34AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Yes, Pam, it was unfortunately a "necessity," just as when Hitler's Brown Shirts burned the Reichstag in 1933 and set up a poor mentally disturbed boy as the arsonist.

Just as GeoBush ordering all intell groups in America to stand down and to ignore all incoming intell on Bin Laden and the events leading up to that infamous day, known to you as 911.

Yes, throughout history there has always been the fire starter, there has always been a coward that would use an event to foster his own needs.

On that fateful day in Tunisia, no one could have predicted what events would unfold in the days ahead. For the people. it appeared that they had more to lose, than to gain, since historically, most uprisings are doomed to failure.

As an oppressed people, most of the population had never known anything else but oppression.

What started out as one man's inability to go another day, became the plight of all men and women of Tunisia, a country unified by one senseless death.

For Egypt and Libya, the course was made clear, they realized through what they had witnessed from Tunisia was possible, that it was their sacred right to change the course of their own history.

We, Americans can take away from all of this, a lesson about oppressed people and what powers still lie within their grasp, the realize to path back...From Slavery to Freedom. To realize that it is not too late to re-contruct the US Constitution and to oust those that would rule our very lives. You see Ameri

4:38AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Why is it that so many governments that are a friend to western governments look like an enemy of its own people? While any one of the people of those lands could be my friend. I would even say the same of people who's government's are unfriendly to the west. I guess I have no enemies except those who would deny me or friends (met and un-met) the freedom we all need.

11:17PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I'm not sure about the "necessity," Michael but I agree that the world can only wait to see what happens.

President Obama gets much undue criticism because he treats the new "leaders" with courtesy. In reality, it's statesmanship. The free world cannot speak in favor of democracy and then turn around and criticize nations who actually attempt to put it in action.

7:53PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I know that many of you will feel compelled to send me words of hate, and misunderstanding, but here goes.

This death was necessary, it may well prove to be the undoing of the Bahrain Government, which has been long waiting in the wings of history.

You see, the entire history of the Arab Spring was born on the actions of ONE MAN.

It was sparked by the first protests that occurred in Tunisia on 18 December 2010 in Sidi Bouzid, following Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. As he set himself ablaze, he too, set aflame the Middle East, for better or for worse. Only time and history will tell whether his actions and the actions of millions of others was for gain or for not.

Let us all pray that their struggle does not put in place another dictator or worse...an other bombing target of American Forces.

So, if you must, send your words of contempt, but realize that to sit on ones own hands is to realize nothing but failure, not only for ones self, but to all of humanity.

2:39PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

very, very sad. :(

2:21PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Sadly noted

2:19PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Stanley R, Another reason for the invasion of Iraq, well, there where 2 more, GeoBush's plea, like some little school girl, "He tried to kill my dad." In reference to an alleged threat to kill Bush senior in Kuwait.

When Saddam threatened to sell oil for only EUROS, well, that was too much for Bush and his handlers. Saddam had to go and to think...he was once a friend of the West and America.

Once again, we are faced with an old saying, which was provided by one with such sage wisdom, "It is difficult to be an enemy of America, it is dangerous to be a friend of America, you never know when she will turn on you."

11:14AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Stanley R get a grip. The clowns in North Korea are "very west oriented" also, that doesn't mean their political ideology is west oriented; obviously it is not. Saddem was a butcher and a dictator of the worse kind, so don't try to make him out to be some kind of victim. No, we should not have gone into Iraq, but we had a stupid, fanatical President that wanted to do his father one better. And btw we get very little of our oil from the Middle East.

The problems with not only Bahrain but other countries in the region if you over throw one tyrant you just might get something worse. The sects of Islam have been fighting for power forever and in very few cases have chosen to work together for the good of all the people. I have often said and still believe we should pull or naval base from Bahrain. We should also get out of Afghanistan, and Iraq, not in 2014 or anytime in the future but now. There is a different wind blowing in the ME of young western educated Arabs and they have had a taste of freedom and now long for it and apparently are willing to fight for it. However along with that wind is the wind from Iran and the Shiites; one of the worse things that could happen is for that sect headed by Iran to get further power in the region.

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