6/10/2013

Activist: 1,800 Protestors Detained in Bahrain


(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - "The number of detained Bahraini protestors has reached 1,800 people," Hadi al-Moussavi was quoted as saying by Fajr Bahrain news website on Saturday. 

He said that the number of female activists arrested and jailed by the Bahraini security forces has increased, and warned that they are being tortured in al-Khalifa jails. 

Moussavi also stressed that over 600 protestors who were fired from their jobs after participating in peaceful rallies have not yet returned to their jobs despite the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) - a body set up by the Bahraini king himself in late 2011 to investigate the events surrounding the uprising. 

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty. 

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors. 

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.