Bahraini Protester Found Dead On Roof of Building

The body of a protester found dead on the day before the Bahraini Grand Prix has been confirmed to be that of Sala Abbas Habib, a 37-year-old activist. A statement from Bahraini authorities cited in the Guardian says that Habib had been wounded in his left side and that his death is being treated as a homicide. Mohammed Eissa, Habib’s brother-in-law, said that his family was not allowed to see his body, says Al Jazeera.

Habib’s body was discovered as practice and qualifying sessions for the Formula One race were taking place. On Friday, Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had said that canceling the race — as occurred a year ago after widespread anti-government protests and cost the Bahraini government some $800 million– would “just empowers extremists.” He asserted that holding the Grand Prix would “build bridges across communities.” Jean Todt, the president of the motor racing governing body, the FIA, said that “On rational facts, it was decided there was no reason to change our mind” from holding the race.

The opposition group al-Wefaq says that Habib’s body, covered in blood and wearing a teargas mask, was found on the roof of a building after he and other protesters had been beaten by police following a demonstration in the Shia village of Shakhura late on Friday night. Reports are suggesting that Habib was shot. Chief of Public Security Major-General Tariq Al Hasan said that his body had been found in “suspicious circumstances” and that more details would be released as an investigation proceeds.

But Khalil Marzooq, one of 18 al-Wefaq MPs who stepped down over the suppression of last year’s protests, said he was doubtful about the police investigating the death of Habib, who some are claiming was a political prisoner in the 1990s. According to the BBC, al-Wefaq also said that security forces had used tools and weapons to beat protesters in Shakhura.

Thousands protested on Saturday, with police firing tear gas and protesters throwing Molotov cocktails in some areas.

Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja was briefly detained when she attempted to see her father, jailed activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been on a hunger strike since February 6. On Saturday, she described his condition to the BBC as critical and said that “We’re afraid that we might never hear of him again, and that we might not see him again.” Activist Najeel Rajab led a protest on Saturday to call for her father’s release.

At least a hundred people have been arrested in the past week according to activists; police have said that they have arrested “some people.”

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Photo of Nabeel Rajab talking to police at a Saturday protest in Manama by angryarabiya


Philip Amos
.5 years ago

My eye is on the participants in these events. To turn to a very different area, there has recently been discussion about classical music events, particularly festivals, sponsored by banks and corporations of such disrepute that even as they sponsor events they are just awaiting the date of their next court appearance on charges of fraud, complicity in state murder, etc., etc. The one thing that can turn this sort of thing is for those invited or qualified to participate in such sponsored events to refuse to do so. It takes a little guts, and may cost a little money (little to them), but they need to know what they mixed up with and get some moral fibre.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Ernie Miller
william M5 years ago

if you look close any one who stands up for them selves or others at the expense of politicans or buisness will sooner or later be found in such a condition

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Hilton C.
Hilton C.5 years ago

This causes a very sad state in Bahrain. Some people are not bad still they have to face such bad situations. The Muslims are treated badly.

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran5 years ago


Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi5 years ago

Very sad Bahrain Rulers are US puppets since it help American GOVT in all their illegal wars all the crimes against humanity is over looked not a word of condemnation what a shame

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Lilithe Magdalene

Beyond sad, what is infuriating, is that we have a station in Bahrain and are doing nothing about it - but we "help" in Syria, Egypt and Libya. There is way more here than meets the eye. It's tragic.

Penny C.
penny C5 years ago

very sad.