Bahraini anti-government protesters block a road with burning debris to slow approaching riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Police, Students Clash in Bahrain After Raid By Reem Khalifa, Associated Press 16 April 2013 MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Police in Bahrain's capital have raided a boys' high school and fired tear gas in clashes with students angry over a fellow student's arrest the day before.
Tuesday's violence comes as the Gulf nation boosted security in preparation for next week's Formula One race.
Police are clashing with students at the school, located close to the U.S. Embassy in a residential southern district of Manama full of parks and nurseries. (read more)
Britain’s Manama envoy accuses Iran of supporting violence in Bahrain PressTV 25 March 2013
The British ambassador to Bahrain has accused Iran of providing support to those behind spreading violence and terrorist activities in the tiny Persian Gulf island nation.
Iain Lindsay claimed that there was "increasing evidence" that Iran was "providing support to people here who are bent on violence".
He made the allegation shortly before a British parliamentary delegation is due to arrive in Manama as part of an inquiry into the UK's relationship with Bahrain. (read more)
Mourners in the funeral march of Hussein Al-Jaziri. Photo: Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Scenes from a Bahraini Burial By Sharif Abdel Kouddous, The Nation 20 February 2013
Ali Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Jaziri helps lower his son's shrouded body into a grave as dozens of mourners crowd around. Many cover their noses and mouths to ward off the sting of tear gas wafting nearby. On the outskirts of the graveyard, hundreds of young men and boys armed with rocks and molotov cocktails are confronted by a phalanx of security forces in full riot gear, backed by armored cars and SUVs. The booms of firing shotguns and tear gas canisters punctuate the buzzing of a police helicopter surveilling the scene below. This is a Bahraini burial.
"I want retribution for my son," Al-Jaziri says calmly. "We want real accountability, not like what happened with the other martyrs."
Sixteen year-old Hussein Al-Jaziri was killed on February 14, the day marking the second anniversary of Bahrain's 2011 uprising. Eyewitnesses told The Nation a police officer shot him twice from a distance of just three or four yards at a street corner in Daih, a village west of the capital. The claims are supported by photographs taken at the morgue showing birdshot wounds clustered tightly together on Hussein’s upper right abdomen—proof of the shooter’s close range. The Bahraini government says it has launched an investigation. (read more)
"Our demands are not political - they are human rights based." - Bahrain activist Maryam Al-Khawaja tells the story of fighting for human rights in her home country.
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In Crackdown, Bahrain Revokes the Citizenship of 31 People
By Kareem Fahim, The New York Times 7 November, 2012
CAIRO — In the latest sign of a crackdown on dissidents in Bahrain, the government on Wednesday revoked the citizenship of 31 people, including exiled political activists and former opposition members of Parliament, citing security concerns. The decision was announced by the state news agency, which offered no details about individual cases, saying only that the law permitted the government to re-evaluate citizenship when the holder “causes damage to state security.” Those affected by the decision have the right to appeal, the agency said. Opposition activists said the people on the list — all but one of them men — were members of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, which has led a 21-month uprising against the Sunni monarchy to win greater political freedoms and to dismantle what Shiites complain is a system of entrenched, official discrimination. (read more)
Bahrain police officers face torture trial
BBC News17 September, 2012
Bahrain has charged seven police officers over the torture and mistreatment of people arrested after last year's anti-government protests. One report said the charges were linked to the controversial trial of a series of medics. Six of a group of medics said they had been tortured to extract confessions. (read more)