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Bahrain: Opposition Leader Denied Right to Meet His Lawyers - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society

Bahrain: Opposition Leader Denied Right to Meet His Lawyers - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, said he is being denied right to discussion with his legal representatives as his appeal approaches on 14th October 2015. The court and prison administration are refusing to respect confidentiality between Salman and his defense panel and, he has not been allowed to receive ...
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Protests escalate in Bahrain as authorities crack down

Protests escalate in Bahrain as authorities crack down | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thousands of Bahrainis held nationwide rallies in a show of solidarity with political prisoners on Friday.

Media reports say angry demonstrators poured onto the streets in the capital Manama, Samaheej, Sitra, Bilad al-Qadim, and many other towns.

They chanted slogans against the Al Khalifa monarchy and demanded the release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain's main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

Bahraini regime forces fired teargas and birdshot to disperse anti-government protesters.

Eyewitnesses say an unknown number of people were injured in the towns of Bilad al-Qadim and Sitra.

The rallies came after the Public Prosecutor's Office extended the detention of Sheikh Salman for an unlimited period. The extension came after an eight-hour interrogation.

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Sheikh Ali Salman Slams West over Double Standards on Human Rights Violations

Sheikh Ali Salman Slams West over Double Standards on Human Rights Violations | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
“The West believes in the protection of human rights and democracy, but when it comes to the regimes in the region, such values are ignored and not discussed at a greater level because of these interests they have in the Persian Gulf,” Sheikh Salman told Press TV in an exclusive interview just before his arrest on December 28.
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Clashes erupt at demonstrations in Bahrain

Clashes erupt at demonstrations in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Anti-riot police and hundreds of demonstrators keeping up daily protests to demand the release of Bahrain's main Shia opposition leader have clashed in villages near Manama, witnesses said.

An unspecified number of arrests were made and people wounded as police fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse the protests staged after weekly prayers in mosques on Friday.

The demonstrators, including women and children, carried portraits of jailed Al-Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman and chanted slogans calling for his release.

Anti-riot police were deployed in force on an avenue which links several Shia villages to the west of the capital and manned checkpoints on main roads to prevent the protests from spilling over, witnesses said.

It was the sixth straight day of protests since Salman, 49, was arrested on Sunday, accused of making statements inciting violence.

Protests on Thursday also turned violent and witnesses reported clashes in central Manama after prayers at the capital's Mumen mosque.

Previous unrest has centred on Shia communities in the suburbs.

Police used tear gas and batons against the protesters, and some injuries and arrests were reported.

"Dozens of people ... including women and children, were arrested," a statement from the Bahrain Observatory for Human Rights said.

Salman, 49, heads the Al-Wefaq movement, was charged on Monday with seeking to use force to change the regime.

The US, which has its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain, has also expressed deep concern about Salman's detention, warning that it could only inflame the persistent violence that has gripped the kingdom since 2011.

Bahrain is a majority Shia country ruled by minority Sunnis.

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UN, EU Concerned at Arrest of Top Bahrain Shiite Leader, Sheikh Ali Salman

UN, EU Concerned at Arrest of Top Bahrain Shiite Leader, Sheikh Ali Salman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Liz Throssell, urged Bahrain's government to immediately release Salman, "as well as all other persons convicted or detained for merely exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly...."

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Bahrain: Attack on Freedom of Expression Continues as AlSalman is Charged after Press Conference

Bahrain: Attack on Freedom of Expression Continues as AlSalman is Charged after Press Conference | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

16 DEC, 2013

Bahrain: Attack on Freedom of Expression Continues as AlSalman is Charged after Press Conference 

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern in regards to the continued targeting of freedom of expression and religious freedom by authorities in Bahrain. Maytham AlSalman, the Head of Religious Freedom section at the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory, was summoned following a press conference about religious freedom violations during Ashoura. AlSalman was accused of inciting hatred against the regime and calling for an unlawful gathering.

On 18 November 2013, a press conference was held at the Bahrain Transparency Society that highlighted violations against religious freedom committed by the authorities during the month of Muharram; a religious month when Shia muslims commemorate the killing of the Prophet's grandson.

Following the conference, Maytham AlSalman, Head of the Religious Freedom Section in BHRO, was summoned by the Ministry of Interior for interrogation. The interrogation was focused on three charges brought against AlSalman: inciting hatred against the regime, insulting a governmental body and calling for an unauthorized assembly. AlSalman was released pending trial.

AlSalman has been active in reporting locally and internationally on the attacks on religious freedoms. Last June he communicated a full report on these attacks to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

The authorities in Bahrain continued to use sectarianism as a tool by attacking Shia religious rituals, processions and matams (Shia religious centers). Many pictures and videos were disseminated through social media of religious processions and Shia religious centers getting attacked and tear gased resulting in injuries and suffocation of children and elderly commemorating the "killing of Imam Hussain" (More details: http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6565). Following these events the BCHR documented at least 30 summons of religious clerics, religious singers and organizers of matams who were called for interrogation on issues related to freedom of expression (Read more:http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/6613).

The BCHR believes that the summoning of AlSalman is part of the authorities attack on freedom of expression and religious freedom which has escalated in the month of Muharram in an attempt by authorities to provoke sectarian tensions.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights calls on the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and other allies and international institutions to pressure the Bahraini authorities to:

Immediately release all persons who are detained for practicing their right to freedom of speech and expression in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and drop all charges against them.Repeal the laws that criminalize the peaceful exercise to the right to freedom of expression, in line with Bahrain’s obligations under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Guarantee the right to religious freedom and practice for all in Bahrain, immediately end targeting based on sect. 

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 Attack on Freedom of Expression in Bahrain

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Bahrain summons head of Shi'ite opposition for questioning | #SheikhAliSalman

Bahrain summons head of Shi'ite opposition for questioning | #SheikhAliSalman | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Bahrain police have summoned the head of the main Shi'ite Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq for questioning on Sunday, a source at the interior ministry said on Saturday.

Unrest has dogged Bahrain, a Western ally which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, since the 2011 uprising led by majority Shi'ites demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty.

The revolt was put down with the help of Saudi intervention but protests later resumed and remain frequent.

The ministry source had no details of what the questioning of Wefaq Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman was about.

Wefaq's website confirmed the summons but said the reasons had not been revealed. "It is believed to be part of the political blackmail and revenge against the peaceful opposition that is asking for democracy," it said in a statement.

The deputy leader of Wefaq, Khalil al-Marzouq, was arrested in September and is now on trial on charges that include inciting terrorism, although has since been freed temporarily until his next hearing on November 18.

His arrest prompted Wefaq to suspend its participation in talks with the government aimed at ending continued Shi'ite opposition protests in the small Gulf Arab island state.

Bahraini authorities also shut and dismantled an exhibition on anti-government protests staged by Wefaq on Wednesday, saying it violated the law and incited hatred.

Talks between the government and its opponents began in February but have failed to resolve the political crisis, with the two sides still mistrustful and apparently far apart on the opposition's main demand for an elected government.

Wefaq, which says it advocates non-violent methods, demands a constitutional monarchy with a government chosen from within a democratically elected parliament.

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#AlKhalifa terrorists attack #Wefaq HQ in #Bahrain

#AlKhalifa terrorists attack #Wefaq HQ in #Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The attack which was carried out in early hours of Sunday, left burn effects and minor damages in the building. Also, provocative pro-regime slogans were, written on the walls.        

The terror attack comes just days after the building’s walls were sprayed with provocative slogans. It also comes in conjunction with the systematic hatred campaign carried out by official and semi-official media including blatant threats, incitement of hatred and terrorism. The campaign is full of sectarianism and threats against al-Wefaq and its leading members, the Islam Times reported.

The attack on al-Wefaq headquarters comes following the arrest of Khalil al- Marzouq, the Political Assistant of Al-Wefaq’s Secretary-General Sheikh Ali Salman.

On September 18, al-Wefaq boycotted national reconciliation talks in protest against the detention of Marzouq.

Sheikh Ali Salman made a speech in support of the detained former opposition lawmaker on Friday declaring, “We will persist in this revolution until the end. You have detained Khalil al-Marzouq, you can detain me for the rest of my life.”

Antigovernment 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.

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Bahrain opposition welcomes UN condemnation of Al Khalifa regime

Bahrain opposition welcomes UN condemnation of Al Khalifa regime | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq has welcomed a new statement by UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay on condemning the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protests in the tiny Persian Gulf Arab nation.

“During her recent remarks, Navi Pillay has condemned the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on Bahraini civilians and government-sponsored terrorism against them,” Sheikh Ali Salman said on Thursday, referring to her address to the Human Rights Council about human rights violation in Bahrain.

Referring to the public calls for fall of the regime, he said that “I am sure that most of the people in Bahrain want the ouster of the current regime and the establishment of a popular government.”

The Sheikh also underlined the need for holding open referendum in Bahrain to meet the demand of people. ...

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Slow motion: Bahrain Authorities Targeting opposition leaders

Security forces target Al Wefaq General Secretary and other opposition leaders by shooting directly at them The Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society was today targeted by the security forces who shot at him with tear gas directly canisters and rubber bullets, injuring him in the shoulder and back. He was participating in a peaceful protest under the banner 'We will defeat you with our peaceful movement'. The forces targeted anyone who was moving on the ground with brutal and barbaric repression. Amongst the injured were other opposition leaders who were leading the protest including Hasan Al-Marzooq who received a rubber bullet to the neck and bled profusely. Jawad Fairouz, Al Wefaq's First Vice-Secretary General and former MP, was also injured in the attack. The police forces Besieged the area of protest, blocking all routes leading to it. serious injuries, arrests, incursions and attacks on private property Bahrain: The system uses violence ADULT and suppressed brutally peaceful march to demand democracy suppression system in Bahrain with all the brutality and violence, adult move towards a peaceful march called for by opposition forces in the region of the country's old today Friday, June 22, 2012 and the neighboring regions, causing the deaths of numerous injuries, some serious due to excessive violence used by the forces towards the citizens. and wounded citizens seriously injured was among them young man was wounded in the head injury a direct result of a gunshot by the security forces used excessive force to suppress the demonstration, and worsened his condition and still in extreme care as a result of injury direct bomb thrown by the security forces on it. also arrested this forces many citizens, peaceful, and assaulted on a number of houses and broke into the other and destroyed its contents and Mnicoladtha, has also attacked the cars of citizens milling and vandalism and their homes. and proceeded security forces in Bahrain, the problem in most of the elements of mercenaries Astjlabhm from abroad to the suppression of the citizens, the beating of a number of citizens and pedestrians within the campaign Ktvtha to prevent the demonstrations and the expression of opinion and within the framework of a systematic system in the suppression of citizens and prevent them from their legitimate rights. forces assaulted the brutality and are outside the framework of humanitarian leaders of the opposition in Bahrain who participated in the peaceful demonstration and were carrying roses in exchange for carrying troops to arms and tools of repression, and wounded some of them seriously injured as a result of repression official, was among them injury of the Secretary-General of the Islamic National Accord Association, Sheikh Ali Salman in his back and shoulder, as well as injuring the First Deputy of the Secretary-General of the Association of National Assembly Unionist good Marzouq in the chest and leg, along with sporadic outbreaks of a number of leaders opposition, including former MP and member of the General Secretariat of the Association Accord Jawad Fairouz. and security forces intensified their presence heavily in the vicinity of where the launch of the demonstration and in entrance areas, leading her and tried to prevent the access of citizens to prevent them from their right to express their opinion in the context of the arbitrary use of powers illegally , leading to jams big disrupted dozens of streets after closing by the security forces, leading to disable the interests of citizens and residents. also suppressed these forces with poison gas and suffocating and bombs and weapons destined for the demonstration of citizens in all the surrounding areas, and imposed checkpoints and detained citizens and chased the others in the the roads are crazy cars and Mrtgelin, to avenge them for their insistence on the presence of the expression of their opinion.

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Events in Bahrain 6/22/12......Please pray for Ali Mwale, Ali Salman, and all the injured and missing protesters.

Events in Bahrain 6/22/12......Please pray for Ali Mwale, Ali Salman, and all the injured and missing protesters. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

On today protesting: 6/22/12 in Bahrain....
Ali al Mwale was standing behind Sheikh Ali Salman when police target on intent to kill him.   Ali saved Ali Salman by taking the shot.  He is now in bad shape.  He has entered  the hospital and his doctor told his family that part of the brain is missing because of the shots entered the head have  put critical his health.   We all pray to  God for him.  In the final photo There was a young man, Syid Hadi he wears a brown T. shirt but he has disappeared and his family does not know where police took him.  Also,  SAID YOUSIF has been beaten today and a lot of ppl where injured in today's protest..
Pray with us plz......

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Bahrain police crack down on Shiite protesters: ex-MP

Bahrain police crack down on Shiite protesters: ex-MP | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

He added that Wefaq chief Sheikh Ali Salman called on demonstrators not to use Molotov cocktails against police, as some had done during protests on Friday.

[So true!  Incalculable damage to the World image of these protests are done when the protesters appear violent and criminal.  Any amount of regime retaliation seems plausible given the violent nature of those they confront.  Make the regime appear as the aggressor, they are the violent oppressers.  Make your protests peacefully Civil disobedient.  ]

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(كلمة الشيخ علي سلمان بمهرحان في رحاب الشهداء (معدل

كلمة الشيخ علي سلمان بمهرحان في رحاب الشهداء هذا الفديو هو لكلمة الشيخ علي سلمان في مهرجان في رحاب الشهداء، وفي هذا الفديو يبين الشيخ علي سلمان الدول الأوربي...

 

Sheikh Ali Salman of Wefaq speaks about the Martyrs in Bahrain

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Al-Wefaq Urges Int’l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release

Al-Wefaq Urges Int’l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Al-Wefaq Urges Int'l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release
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‘Regime can never stop Bahrain uprising’

‘Regime can never stop Bahrain uprising’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Pro-democracy protests are unstoppable in Bahrain, says a top Shia cleric as fresh clashes erupt between security forces and demonstrators.

Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim said on Sunday that the pro-democracy protests are unstoppable in the Persian Gulf country and regime’s continued crackdown on popular protests would end nowhere.

Qassim said that arresting leaders of the uprising with the aim of making them forgotten would have no effect on the determination of the people.

He added that the regime’s desperate attempt to quell the protests is an impossible mission as people will continue to press for a real reform in the system.     

Sheikh Qassim’s comments came as Bahraini regime forces resorted to violence to put an end to a protest demanding the release of senior opposition figure Sheikh Ali Salman.
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Protesters, police clash after Washington criticizes Bahrain arrest

Protesters, police clash after Washington criticizes Bahrain arrest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Protesters clashed with police near Bahrain's capitol in the seventh straight day of demonstrations over the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman, a leading opposition figure.
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Calls to Free Leading Cleric in Bahrain

Calls to Free Leading Cleric in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The top United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on the authorities in Bahrain to release the detained leader of the country’s main opposition group, in a high-level rebuke that appeared to reflect fears that his arrest could incite new bouts of civil unrest in the troubled Persian Gulf nation.

The opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, who is the head of the main Shiite opposition al-Wefaq party, was taken into custody on Sunday. His detention was renewed for seven days on Tuesday, as prosecutors investigated charges, including that he had promoted “political change using illegal forceful means and threats,” according to a government statement.

The arrest appeared to be part of a rolling government crackdown on political opponents that has ensnared hundreds of dissidents and stretched for years, since a Shiite-led popular uprising in 2011 against Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy.
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We need to set the Al-Khalifa trash out to the curb for weekly pickup!

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Bahrain opposition leader 'arrested'

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The main Shia opposition movement in Bahrain, al-Wefaq, says its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been arrested.

In a statement, the group said Mr Salman was in detention after what it called a series of illegal measures by the prosecuting authorities.

It is unclear whether he has been charged with any offence.

Al-Wefaq won 18 seats in the last election in 2010 but its MPs resigned the next year after a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.

Dozens died when the government moved to quash protests in Bahrain in February 2011. The protesters were demanding more rights and an end to discrimination against the majority Shia community by the Sunni royal family.

Al-Wefaq said a number of people were arrested on Saturday during a demonstration outside Mr Salman's home against his detention. It denounced the "excessive amount of toxic tear gas" used against them.

There was no immediate response from the authorities on the reported arrest.

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Bahrain charges opposition leader with ‘insults’ over uprising museum raided by riot police

Bahrain charges opposition leader with ‘insults’ over uprising museum raided by riot police | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Riot police last week raided the museum-style hall opened by Al Wefaq that included depictions of alleged torture and attacks against protesters since the uprising began in February 2011. Authorities said the displays incited “hatred” even though most of the scenes had been reported in international media or in a government-backed report on the unrest in late 2011...

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The only 'insults' the criminal AlKhalifa regime faces are the truths of their own behaviors!  To attack Sheikh Ali Salman with these charges is a blatant attempt of the regime to silence the truth, silence opposition, and to whitewash their own crimes against humanity!

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Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political"

Sheikh Salman: Conflict in #Bahrain "No Longer Political" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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"The mercenaries, not the Bahrainis, have been always taking the high posts in the ministries of defense, information, interior and foreign affairs since the state was established".

"We must not give up as we are not weak. We can resort to the samples of people who achieved victory after confronting the challenge. "

Sheikh Salman asserted the importance of education to cope with the blackout and called on social as well as economic collaboration to protect the country and to defend it against the division conspiracies....

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Bahrain: Sheikh Ali Salman’s comments in Wednesday’s press conference

Bahrain: Sheikh Ali Salman’s comments in Wednesday’s press conference | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Salman blamed the regime for the current situation and all what happened since 14th February. He said the regime is refusing the people’s demands for reform. He added, the ruling dynasty refuses to share power with the people in a democratic political state, the regime is responsible for any consequences for escalating measures in the political and security frameworks.
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If the regime thinks suppressive clampdown might make the political societies or the people surrender, this is an illusion. We call for a national mature state to reach a swift political consensus that achieves the aspirations of the Bahraini people. If the regime refuses the voice of reason, we, the political societies with our people will continue our revolution and we will not respond to any kind of violence and provocation by the regime.

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‘Bahrain uprising cannot be suppressed’

‘Bahrain uprising cannot be suppressed’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Head of Bahrain’s opposition party says the revolution cannot be suppressed, and that it will continue until the demands of Bahrainis are met.



Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of al-Wefaq party on Saturday criticized the Manama regime for cracking down on the popular uprising across the kingdom.....

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Al-Khalifa terrorists attempt the assassination of an opposition leader in Bahrain

Al-Khalifa terrorists attempt the assassination of an opposition  leader in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - The leader of Bahrain's leading opposition party was hit by a rubber bullet and teargas canister during clashes with riot police on Friday, the party said, describing it as an escalation...
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Bahrain opposition may be losing touch with the youth

Bahrain opposition may be losing touch with the youth | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain's main opposition movement Wefaq is making overtures to the monarchy on how to pursue democratic reforms but its efforts may be undermined by waning support from youth who seek...
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Al-Wefaq leader, Ali Salman, speaks of his vision for the Bahrain of the future!

Democratic reforms unto a Constitutional Monarchy whare ALL are represented!

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