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CAAT may achieve Saudi arms embargo; Alkhalifa commit more atrocities

CAAT may achieve Saudi arms embargo; Alkhalifa commit more atrocities

On Thursday 9th February, the regime committed one of the most horrific crimes, killing three native Bahrainis and injuring others. The three martyrs are: Redha AlGhasra, MustafaYousuf and Mahmood Yousuf. They had escaped from prison one month ago with seven others who remain at large. Massive search had been in operation since then. Houses were raided, road closed, ports closely monitored and sea patrols intensified. The group had been subjected to most horrific treatment and sentenced to phenomenal jail periods. Redha Al Ghasra, for example, had total sentences of 160 years for his activism in street protests. He is known for his ability to escape from Jaw prison in daring ways. The regime claimed that ten people, including the three martyrs, were trying to flee Bahrain in a small dingy, a claim that was ridiculed by experts. The official version of events does not stand to scrutiny and the more viable explanation is that the group may have been attacked and killed before being taken to the sea.

The sixth anniversary of the 14th February Revolution was marked on Tuesday in style. Protests were held in almost all parts of the country despite the regime’s brutal suppression. Roads were closed as the people re-asserted themselves and claimed their public space that had been occupied by foreign Alkhalifa and their mercenaries. The scenes of the Pearl Square were re-enacted as slogans were raised confirming steadfastness and zeal unseen in any other country that had witnessed the Arab Spring. The regime was also non-compromising in its cruelty, viciousness and collective punishment. Scores had been rounded up in the days leading up to the anniversary. This is despite warnings from international human rights bodies to refrain from using force to stop the right to open protest. On 14th February Amnesty International issued a statement asking Bahrain’s regime not to use force to deny people the right to protest.

A campaign of mass arrests was launched by Alkhalifa dictators to pre-empt the preparations for the 6th anniversary of the Revolution. In the week 6-12th February at least 48 native Bahrainis were detained, including 5 women and 3 children. There were at least 138 protests, 32 of which were attacked by Alkhalifa mercenaries using chemical and tear gases and shotguns. A religious procession in Duraz Town on Saturday 11th February was attacked as regime intensified its war on religious activities of the natives. Many of the participants received shotgun wounds to their bodies. Five women were detained last week: Amira AlQash’ami, Hamida AlKhour, Muna Habib, Tahira Mohammad Al Ghanmi and Faten Hussain.

On Sunday 12th Feburary Sayed Hashim AlMosawi, from Bilad AlQadeem was snatched by masked members of Alkhalifa Death Squads. He was crossing the causeway when he disappeared with no trace. On 13th February under-aged Ali Hussain Meftah, from Tubli Town, was snatched by ISIS-style Death Squads. From Aali Town, Sayed Hashim AlGhuraifi was detained and taken to the torture centre at Roundabout 17 of Hamad town. Ahmad AlShegel was arrested at a check point and is being held by the notorious CID department. From Sitra two brothers were detained; Mohammad and Ali Radhi Farhan when their home was raided on 13th February. From Dair Town many people were arrested on 13th Febraury. Haji Abdul Hadi was arrested as he walked on the road, Mahmood Ismael Al Sabe’, 24 was also detained as he walked along one of the alleyways of the town. Yousuf Hassan AlWalad, 22, was snatched when his home was raided on Saturday 11th February. Mohammad AlNahham,a teacher was also arrested on 11th February. From Aali Town, Ali Ahmad Mahdi was arrested and taken to the torture secret houses. Ali Hassan Hammad, 29 and his brother Mohammad, 25 were arrested in a home raid on their home at dawn. In the early hours of Thursday 9th February a religious scholar and his family were arrested at the town of Barbar. Sheikh Mohammad Saleh AlQash’ami, his son Abul Fadhl and his daughter were arrested and taken to unknown destination. On 9th February several people from Sitra Town were arrested: Mohammad Jassim and his brother, Zakariya, Hussain Abdul Jabbar, Ammar Ahmad Hubail and Jaber Khalil AlKattab. Ali Mohamad Hakim AlArab, from Bani Jamra was arrested on 9th February.

After three days of hearing at the High Court in London, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) hopes that its case against the UK government to halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia would be successful. According to the Guardian/Observer (12th February): The high court ruling, expected in a couple of months, has potential implications for exports to Saudi Arabia and other members of the coalition, which include Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Qatar. Anything that threatens arms exports to these countries – several considered “priority markets” by UK Trade and Investment’s Defence and Security Organisation, the government body that promotes the defence industry – would be a setback for the UK’s commercial and geopolitical ambitions.”
Bahrain Freedom Movement
15th February 2017 (info@vob.org, www.vob.org)

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