Friday, February 18, 2011

Bahrain Oppression Continues

Bahrain's regime continues its war on demonstrators:
"Shots were fired by soldiers around Pearl roundabout in Manama, the Bahraini capital, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest encampment from the traffic circle.

"The circumstances of the shooting after nightfall on Friday were not clear. Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 66 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

"Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded. X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims.

"'This is a war,' said Dr. Bassem Deif, an orthopedic surgeon examining people with bullet-shattered bones.

"Protesters described a chaotic scene of tear gas clouds, bullets coming from many directions and people slipping in pools of blood as they sought cover...

"Protesters claimed live ammunition was used against the demonstrators."

I don't have the sources I need to make this point authoritatively, but in Bahrain, the police and even the military are made of mainly of non-Bahrainis, with Pakistanis as the group I heard about most when I was there for a few days several years ago. This means there is little relationship between them and the citizenry. They are mercenaries.



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