Bahraini Police Attack Peaceful Rally near Manama

SHAFAQNA – Police in Bahrain clashed with protesters who took to the streets in the Bahraini village of Sanabis in response to a call by the Persian Gulf country’s opposition groups for a rally days after execution of three young activists by the ruling Al Khalifa regime.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Sanabis on Wednesday, holding placards and chanting slogans against the regime, Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website reported.

The rally was held in memory of the three Shiite activists who were executed by Al Khalifa on Sunday over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.

The executions of the activists sparked nationwide protests on Sunday after outraged public marched across the capital Manama and the northeastern villages of Nuwaidrat and al-Dair.

On January 9, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the death penalties given to Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace over allegations of killing a member of Emirati forces who had been assisting Manama in its suppression of Bahraini protesters in the northern village of al-Daih back in March 2014. Seven other convicts have also been sentenced to life in prison in the case.

The defendants had denied the charges.

Amnesty International on Thursday voiced concerns over imminent execution of two more Bahraini activists by the ruling regime in the near future.

According to the rights group, the Manama regime has issued two death verdicts for Mohammed Ramadhan and Hossein Ali Moosa on charges of participating in anti-regime protests.

The death sentences were upheld by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation in November 2015 and the verdicts were passed to the country’s king, the UK-based rights organization added.

Amnesty international said the two men’s trial was grossly unfair and relied on “forced confessions” while the pair did not have access to their lawyers.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, has been rocked by a wave of anti-regime demonstrations since a popular uprising began in the country in February 2011.

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded or detained amid Manama’s crackdown on dissent and widespread discrimination against the country’s Shiite majority.

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