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Bahrain’s Lethal Teargas War

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Pro-democracy activists are banding together in an online campaign to stop the shipment of tear gas canisters to Bahrain, where government forces have transformed the gas into a mortal weapon.

Sayed Hashim Saeed was 15 years, nine months and six days old the day he died. Two years on, his father remembers every detail. It was New Year’s Eve 2011, and the family was visiting Sayed Hashim’s grandparents in a suburb of Bahrain’s Hamad City. At 5pm, the high-school freshman slipped out of the house and joined a nearby pro-democracy protest.

“There was a sit-in in the street. They just sat in front of the houses, it was peaceful,” said his father, Sayed Saeed. “Then the security forces came in with vans. Of course, Sayed Hashim ran away. So they chased him.”

Armed officers in dark uniforms and white helmets pursued him down the narrow alleys. When they got a clear shot, they fired a teargas canister directly at his upper body. It hit him in the neck and knocked him to the floor. As he lay there, they fired another round, which caught in his clothes and caused a huge burn across his chest.

“The other guys tried to save him, but the police fired more rounds, so the gas became thick around him. The gas had overcome him. He couldn’t get up,” said his father. By the time he made it to hospital, Sayed Hashim was dead.

He was one of at least 39 Bahrainis killed by teargas canisters since the start of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising in the tiny Gulf kingdom, an island with the population of San Diego. ...

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최루탄 수출을 멈춰라!! | Stop TearGas sales to Bahrain!

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U.S. Government Should Speak Out Against Proposed Bahraini Tear Gas Deal with South Korea

U.S. Government Should Speak Out Against Proposed Bahraini Tear Gas Deal with South Korea | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First said today that reports that Bahrain will import 1.6 million tear gas canisters from South Korea are another worrying sign that the crackdown on protests is set to continue. The organization urges the U.S. government to speak out publicly against the sale.

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Tear Gas, A Deadly Chemical Weapon, in Bahrain

Tear Gas, A Deadly Chemical Weapon, in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...We know that Bahrain has made intensive use of tear gas, enough to kill many civilians and protesters. We know this from an extensive report released almost a year ago by the reputablePhysicians for Human Rights. The United States and Great Britain have supported Bahrain’s government for decades, and they supported the most recent suppression of protests. Britain has supplied Saudi Arabia with many weapons, including tear gas, which were weaponized and used in Bahrain. It stands to reason that the Bahrain forces (or Saudis acting as Bahrainis) would need gas masks to protect them from the effects of their intensive attacks. By the same logic, if rebel forces are using crude chemical weapons by mounting tear gas cannisters and other chemicals on projectiles, then they too will need gas masks so that they can follow up with ground forces. Since there is no evidence that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons, why else ship large numbers of gas masks? As the rebels are encountering reversals in battle, their incentive to use chemical weapons rises. The West, having encouraged their use in Bahrain (as weaponized CS gas), now appears to be furthering the use of that and other chemicals in Syria....

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#Bahrain: The Clouds of Death

Published on Mar 16, 2013

The Clouds of Death

The unfolding events in Bahrain reveal to every observer that the security crackdown has crossed all lines and gone far beyond rationality. As the security forces have been witnessed to respond to the ongoing peaceful protests and demonstrations with excessive use of gas in a collective punishment on all residents, resulting in tens of deaths so far. That is, added to the brutal home raids and street arrests, along with other measures that are far from meeting legal standards and security proficiency. 


The Idea
This documentary aims to shed light on the suppressive methods that have turned non-lethal arms, used to disperse protests, to lethal ones, by not abiding by manufacturer's warnings which state very clearly that the misuse of these arms can cause severe injuries and damages, or even death. As mentioned in most warning labels on grenades used by Bahrain authorities in streets.
The documentary details the nature of the gas-grenade ingredients and the damages and illnesses they can cause, as well as the fatal injuries caused by the deliberate misuse of such arms, as the forces have repeatedly aimed these arms directly at persons.




The film
The documentary goes through the stories of six victims of different ages, 

The film includes interviews and stories of six victims, and which are all taken on ground in Bahrain, as briefed below:
1- The death of the martyr Ali al-Sheikh (12 year old) who was directly targeted with a gas grenade at close range on Eid day. The documentary shows the injuries the boy sustains to the neck and face. It also includes interviews with both his parents, his father explaining the details of the incident on ground.
2- An interview with a brother of a disabled woman who died in her house from gas asphyxia with video footages of the security forces caught red-handed throwing gas canisters inside the old house.
3- The story of the martyr Sayed Jawad, a 35 year old who feared going to hospital after he had suffered from gas asphyxiation and septicemia. His mother tells how he spent the last hours of his life in hospital in an emotional interview.
4- The child martyr Sayed Hashim, who is a friend if the martyr Ali al-Sheikh and was murdered the same way.
5- An interview with the parents of, Zainab Haram, an infant who was only one month old when she was exposed to the regime forces' excessive use of gas in neighborhoods. The little one received medical treatment the same day Emergency law was declared in Bahrain and the Saudi forces entered Bahraini territory. Zainab lost eyesight and her medical report has been hidden. In this documentary, experts talk about how toxic gas can cause such damages.
6- The story of Bahrain's youngest martyr, Sajida, who died at the age of five days after her family's house and neighborhood were filled with gas by the regime forces. We were given video footages-from the mother- of the baby going through breathing difficulties.




The Documentary also includes comments of 11 experts from different countries, and they are as follows:
1- Professor Robert Douglas, Respiratory Physiologist and researcher --London
2- Dr. Peter Hall: Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights- London 
He has been working in the organization for 15 years. He talks about the types of gasses used and the human rights violations in Bahrain.
3- Dr. Goerge Fahila: Head of emergency department at Hammoud hospital --Lebanon
4- Srgabo Ganico: Retired police officer and expert in security affairs --Russia
He talks about the professional security methods and legal standards to disperse protests and how to deal with any riot acts.
5- Saultan Allam: British Police Officer since 1984 --London
He has been through intensive training in security and order maintenance. He has a good experience in handling protests and the necessary security measures that take place as the situation on ground develops, especially the use of gas.
6- Dr. Fadl Daher: Independent Security and Investigations Professional and General Secretary at Lebanese Center for the Rule of Law (LCRL)-Lebanon
7- Nadeem Houry: HRW Deputy director of Middle East and Notrh Africa --Lebanon
8- Prof. Taysir Hamiya: Chemical expert-Lebanon
9- Nabeel Rajab: Head of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights --Bahrain
He talks about the methods of the security forces, its disrespect for human rights and whether it acts in systematic or individual behavior. 
10- Rola Al-Saffar: Head of Bahrain Nursing Society --Bahrain
She talks about the side effects civilians suffer and the different types of gasses used, in addition to the fear of visiting hospitals after they have been occupied by the military.
11- Dr. Taha al-Durazi: Consultant Neurosurgeon --Bahrain

We managed to find several types of unexploded gas grenades and canisters used by the Bahraini regime and film the mutilation of those grenades in Bahrain

 
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US Double Standard on Bahrain | Interview with Brian Dooley

Published on Feb 21, 2013

Abby Martin interviews Brian Dooley, Director of Human Rights Defenders program at Human Rights First, about the ongoing political crisis in Bahrain and the lack of US government and media attention on the issue.

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Bahrain's U.S.-Backed Crackdown on 2-Year Uprising Employing "Unprecedented" Use of Tear Gas

To watch the entire report by Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Democracy Now!, visit http://owl.li/hVY4Y. Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous details ...
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AlKhalifa terrorists attack businesses, business owners, and shoppers in Bahrain! GAS ATTACK!

AlKhalifa terrorists attack businesses, business owners, and shoppers in Bahrain!  GAS ATTACK! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

AlKhalifa mercenaries fired toxic gases on foreign traders to force them to close these shops!

 

No protest, no criminality whatsoever.....and the AlKhalifas attack with toxic gas !  ..

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Weaponizing Teargas: Bahrain's Unprecedented Use of Toxic Chemical Agents Against Civilians

“The evidence already assembled regarding the pattern of use of tear gas, as well as its toxicology, raises the question of whether its further use can be condoned under any circumstances…There is an important role for the independent [health] professional: to study, document, analyze, and report on such hazards and to advise government on what does
and does not carry an acceptable risk. If a weapon is found to present too
serious a risk, it is then the responsibility of those in charge of public safety to decide on alternatives.”

 

[When I post a link to a PDF it blanks the Picture....no mistake, and no censorship involved....great PDF from Physicians for Human Rights!......]

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Bahrain chemical warfare culprit

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According to the US-based organization known as Physicians for Human Rights, Bahrain’s chemical war against its people has continued ever since and included numerous instances in which soldiers released gases in residential neighbourhoods and tossed gas canisters into the houses of suspected opposition activists. Unfortunately, efforts by the PHR to raise the matter with the American government have so failed to produce results.

Observers call attention to the fact that Bahrain has close ties with Washington’s most important Arab ally Saudi Arabia and lends its territory and facilities to the command headquarters of America’s Fifth Fleet. Accordingly, the US tends to turn a blind eye to instances of rights abuse in Bahrain.

We hear about this from Russian political analyst Dr Vilen Ivanov:

"Double standards are apparently at work. Whenever the Americans want to bring about an economically or politically welcome regime change in a foreign country, they intensify their human rights and democracy championship. The latest instance of this approach was Libya. On the contrary, whenever they want to preserve a regime, they ignore its human rights record." ...

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America is participating in the mass-murder of Shia by the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain!

America is participating in the mass-murder of Shia by the Al-Khalifa regime in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

'America, these are your weapons, which kill the children of #Bahrain'

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Murderous Al-Khalifas kill another baby.......#CrimesAgainstHumanity

Murderous Al-Khalifas kill another baby.......#CrimesAgainstHumanity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Baby Girl, Batool, was  born dead from exposure to toxic gases via her mother  in Bahrain......   Mother was not protesting or threatening the regime, baby wasn't protesting or threatening the regime........Al-Khalifa terrorists still commit murder and justify it under the guise of 'national security!'   

How can any Muslim justify this type of behavior towards others?

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Bahrain: mercenaries shooting tear gas inside a home in Aali - 27/5/2012

Bahrain riot police after attacking the peacful march (by our blood, we sacrifice our leaders) in Aali, they shot tear gases inside a home in order to kill i...
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Bahrain: Campaign stops tear gas statement

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International Campaign Led By NGOs Succeeds in Pressuring Korean Regulator To Cancel Shipment

Advocacy group Bahrain Watch announced today that the #StopTheShipment campaign it launched two months ago to prevent a massive shipment of tear gas to Bahrain, has achieved a major milestone.  The Financial Times reported today that South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) denied two requests to export tear gas to Bahrain due to the “unstable politics in the country [Bahrain], people’s death due to tear gas and complaints from human rights groups”....

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Bahrain: More Tear Gas Than People · Global Voices

Bahrain: More Tear Gas Than People · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Over the past two weeks, an independent group called “Bahrain Watch” has been leading a strong campaign on social media networks against the import of tear gas in Bahrain. The group which defines itself as “an independent research and advocacy organisation that seeks to promote effective, transparent and accountable governance in Bahrain” initiated the campaign “Stop the Shipment” after obtaining a leaked document that reveals Bahrain's plans to purchase 1.6 million canisters of tear gas – that's more than it's 1.3m inhabitants.....

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Rights group says it has evidence Bahrain is stocking up on tear gas

Rights group says it has evidence Bahrain is stocking up on tear gas | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A human rights group monitoring Bahrain said Thursday it has reason to suspect the kingdom's government is stocking up on tear gas despite growing criticism.

Bahrain Watch, an independent human rights group, published what it says is a document showing the Interior Ministry plans to import 1.6 million tear gas canisters and 90,000 tear gas grenades.



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UK Encourages Chemical Weapons Use In Bahrain, Syria – OpEd

UK Encourages Chemical Weapons Use In Bahrain, Syria – OpEd | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Little Sajida Faisal had only just come into this world. But five days after her birth, she was dead, killed by suffocation from tear gas. She died on 11 December, a Sunday, in 2011 in her family home in the Bahraini village of Belad al-Qadeem.

Her father later told how Bahraini riot police had been firing tear gas into the streets for several days without stop. The whole village was under a toxic cloud of chemical gas, and with military checkpoints everywhere, the residents of Belad al-Qadeem were effectively held hostage, forced to breathe in the deadly fumes.

The family tried their best to shield the baby from the smoke seeping into the home. Her mother dabbed Sajida’s face with water and that of her older sister, three-year-old Sarah. But it was no good. Sajida’s father said the newborn baby’s skin began to turn blue and then she died. He managed to get past the checkpoints hemming in the village to rush the infant to the hospital. But it was too late. The doctor confirmed that the baby girl had died from suffocation. Even if she had survived, the doctor said the lack of oxygen would probably have left her brain-damaged.

Ever since that day, Sajida’s family has been living with the pain of her horrible death. That pain is compounded because the Bahraini regime wrote in the official death certificate that the cause was bacterial meningitis.” Of course, the regime is lying. To say “suffocation from tear gas fired by Bahraini police” would be admission of the crimes against humanity that the civilians of Bahrain have been subjected to, ever since they began protesting for the democratic overthrow of the Al Khalifa monarchy in mid-February 2011.

According to records kept by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, over the past two years at least half of the total deaths caused by the Bahraini regime security forces have resulted from tear gas suffocation. The very young, elderly and infirmed are most at risk....

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الشمروخ: إطلاق «مسيلات الدموع» على مأتم السنابس وقت انعقاد مسابقة قرآنية

الشمروخ: إطلاق «مسيلات الدموع» على مأتم السنابس وقت انعقاد مسابقة قرآنية | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

قال رئيس مأتم السنابس الجديد جعفر الشمروخ، إن: «قوات الأمن عمدت إلى إطلاق الغازات المسيلة للدموع على المأتم، والمنطقة المحيطة، في وقت انعقاد مسابقة قرآنية يشارك فيها خليجيون، وتقام للعام 11 على التوالي».وذكر الشمروخ لـ «الوسط» أنه خلال الليلتين الماضيتين..    | ...The Shamrookh's «middle» that during last two nights was launched explosive tear gas, while were not village witness any skirmishes security, or marches or sit-ins, but the packages were fired on funeral, and one of these packages lodged in one of the galleries funeral, what causing suffocation among the participants in the competition, and present at the funeral.....

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No country has abused chemical gases like Bahrain

-It started after an Irish University established that the gases used by police against Bahraini demonstrators were ten times the acceptable international level of concentration. To mark the second anniversary of the February 14 Bahraini uprising, Prof Damian McCormack, Prof David Grayson and Tara O'Grady call for a ban on CS gas, 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile.  Also, Avaaz, the online campaign group has launched a petition calling on two companies who had supplied the Alkhalifa with these lethal gases to stop the process.  Experts say that Bahrain is using a poisonous form of tear gas against civilians that Bahrain wouldn’t even be permitted to use in a war against armed soldiers! Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) report that in 100 years of tear gas being used against civilians, no country has ever abused it like Bahrain. Police “routinely violated every UN principle governing police use of force.” There is no excuse for using this brutality which claimed victims from a boy as young as 8 to an elderly man of 88. Activists are taking their campaign to Europe and America in order to achieve the required ban on the use of lethal gases and shotguns. More than 100 people have died as a direct result of the use of those two weapons. 

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#Bahrain : Maalox and water in a spray bottle: treatment for teargas effects?!

#Bahrain : Maalox and water in a spray bottle:  treatment for teargas effects?! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I stumbled upon this on the internet....I do not know if it is effective!  Seems like it might be useful in Bahrain!

 

See:  http://oh-wow.com/network/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/5cVgH.jpg

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Bahrain: the Tear Gas Regime

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Bahrain finds an off-label use for tear gas as chemical warfare.

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There is plenty of reason to question the legitimacy of tear gas usage in virtually any context. PHR medical investigators noted in a report published the AMA’s journal in 1989 that:

“[T]he evidence already assembled regarding the pattern of use of tear gas, as well as its toxicology, raises the question of whether its further use can be condoned under any circumstances… [T]here is an important role for the independent [health] professional: to study, document, analyze, and report on such hazards and to advise government on what does and does not carry an acceptable risk. If a weapon is found to present too serious a risk, it is then the responsibility of those in charge of public safety to decide on alternatives.” ....

PHR describes the effects of the toxic gas:

“In addition to wounds due to the impact of toxic chemical agent canisters, PHR investigators also documented severe tearing, burning eyes, throat irritation, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and vomiting in individuals exposed to toxic chemical agents. Because chemicals in toxic lachrymatory agents can destroy membranes of the throat, esophagus, and mouth, such vomiting can become dangerous. Even if an exposed person quickly leaves the chemical-saturated area, symptoms of exposure can last hours. …. Sustained exposure to toxic chemical agents can also burn skin and the cornea of the eye. A physiotherapist reported that she developed shortness of breath, wheezing and severe coughing, turned red, and felt hot after being exposed to tear gas that was yellow in color. A doctor at private hospital treated her with Atrovent and Symbicort, but she reported having continued difficulty breathing at night and difficulty speaking for approximately two weeks.” ...

Historically, tear gas usage has been associated with less than reputable purposes. The South Korean dictatorship (Washington backed by the way) employed it against the democracy movement. PHR:

“Twenty-five years ago, PHR documented the deleterious and long-term health effects of tear gas used indiscriminately in South Korea against civilian protesters, including toxic pulmonary damage and death, as well as possible miscarriages. As physicians we were then compelled to question whether the further use of these toxic chemical agents could be condoned under any circumstances.

The extensive and persistent use of this so-called nonlethal chemical agent now in Bahrain—unprecedented in the 100-year history of tear gas use against civilians throughout the world—compels PHR once again to call the world’s attention to the known and still unknown serious health consequences of tear gas, including death.” ....

“While current international law allows governments to use some chemical agents for crowd control purposes, Bahraini law enforcement officials routinely violate every U.N. principle of their use. Specifically, PHR documents in this report that Bahraini authorities:

(1) Fail to exercise restraint before resorting to force;
(2) Use disproportionate force when responding to protesters; and
(3) Fail to minimize damage and injury to demonstrators.” ...

 

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Rights group: Ban tear gas sales to Bahrain

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 MANAMA, Bahrain — A U.S.-based rights group urged Wednesday for a worldwide ban on sales of tear gas to Bahrain until the Gulf state conducts a full-scale inquiry into allegations of its excessive use against anti-government protesters.

The appeal was part of a wide-ranging report by Physicians for Human Rights into what it called "unprecedented" levels of tear gas use by Bahraini security forces. The kingdom's majority Shiites began an uprising more than 18 months ago seeking greater rights from the ruling Sunni monarchy, which is backed by fellow Gulf Arab states and the West.

...The report described the intensity and frequency of Bahrain's tear gas use as "unprecedented in the 100-year history" of non-lethal chemical use in crowd control. It specifically cautions Bahrain against using tear gas "in large quantities and in enclosed spaces" because of elevated health risks and potential for fatal breathing complications.

"Equally unprecedented is the government of Bahrain's transformation of toxic chemical agents into weapons used methodically to attack Shiite civilians inside their homes and cars," the report said, noting that such measures "flout international human rights law and constitute torture, cruel, and inhuman treatment."

In addition to the appeal for a global ban on tear gas sales to Bahrain, the group urged the country to suspend use of its tear gas supplies and open investigations into the claims of excessive and improper tear gas use. The group also called on Bahrain to disclose information about the chemical agents used in its tear gas purchases.

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Rights Group: Bahrain Regime ‘Weaponizing Tear Gas’ -- News from Antiwar.com

Rights Group: Bahrain Regime ‘Weaponizing Tear Gas’ -- News from Antiwar.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A US-based human rights group has accused the regime in Bahrain of indiscriminately using tear gas as a weapon against protesters, resulting in severe injuries and even killing of civilians.

Physicians for Human Rights published a report on Wednesday entitled Weaponizing Tear Gas, and it was based on interviews with more than 100 Bahrainis as well as evidence gathered by the groups’s investigators on the ground. The report said the Bahraini regime’s use of tear gas has been unprecedented in the 100-year history of its use. .....

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Iran says West supplying chemical agents to Bahrain

Iran says West supplying chemical agents to Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Iran accused the West of providing chemical warfare agents to the Bahraini government on Tuesday, and that authorities there have used them to quash anti-regime protests.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for African and Arab affairs, told the official Iranian News Agency IRNA, "I am expressing Tehran's concern over the use of lethal chemical gases by Bahraini authorities against the Bahraini people."

The Iranian official said unspecified Western nations were providing Manama with chemical choking agents, which has led to the death or injury of tens of citizens.

The allegations come on the heels of a report by a British parliamentary committee on Friday that questioned whether British military exports to the island kingdom were being used for internal repression.

The report did not mention exports of chemical choking agents, which are forbidden under international arms control agreements.

Bahrain has witnessed mass pro-democracy protests since February 2011, with the regime resorting to brute force in a so far failed attempt to crush the uprising.

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Bahrain: Youth protesters helping an old woman suffocated from tear gas

Bahrain: Youth protesters helping an old woman suffocated from tear gas in Aali - 27/5/2012...

 

[For every horrid act of the regime , there is an equal and opposite reaction by the good people of the resistance!  ....  These youth deserve a medal! ]

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