Al-Wefaq Urges Int'l Community to Save Bahrain, Work for Sheikh Salman Release
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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.
...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...
Spencer Haskins's insight:
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!
Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said.
According to a statement by al-Wefaq, “heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Qufool in the capital Manama” early on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident came as al-Wefaq confirmed it would continue its boycott of a national dialogue due to the government’s crackdown on dissent.
Security forces surrounded the building and placed security tape around the premises, preventing people from reaching the area, al-Wefaq said.
Al-Wefaq’s lawyer has also been prevented from entering the building. The raid team refused to show legal warrants or justification for the intervention, al-Wefaq said.....
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.
Circulated footage showed the current Prime Minister of Bahrain assuring an officer, who is accused of torturing detainees, that “the law cannot be applied to him” and thanking him for his “good work”.
Bahrain’s opposition parties have agreed to an invitation by the king to join new political talks, however the ruling family will not be directly involved. Elizabeth Dickinson reports....
“But unfortunately it’s not a direct dialogue with the rulers,” he said, expressing his concern that the ruling family was not directly involved.
“That means [the government is] just trying to press on idea that the dispute in Bahrain is just between the people, not between the people and the ruling family.”....
Despite the plan for new talks, a youth coalition of opposition activists under the umbrella name February 14, the anniversary of the demonstrations, called for a protest in Manama tomorrow, according their Facebook page yesterday.
The group has also called for a general strike on the demonstration’s two-year anniversary.
Bahrain's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday filed a lawsuit seeking to suspend all activities of the main Shi'ite opposition group for three months. The move comes after leaders of theAl-Wefaq party [GU Berkley Center backgrounder] were charged recently withholding an illegal meeting[JURIST report] with a US diplomat from the State Department [official website]. The lawsuit, however, does not mention the meeting, but rather seeks to suspend the party[AP report] for violating quorum and transparency requirements. Al-Wefaq leader Ali Salman said his party plans to challenge the move [Reuters report].
Al Wefaq National Islamic Society said no information has been released in the past 5 days on the conditions of a number of prisoners in Juw prison, including Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al Mahfoodh, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Action Society.
This is despite news that has been circulating on the mistreatment of the prisoners in the prison and that two of the prisoners are wounded. However, the families of the prisoners have not received any phone calls from the prison.
Al Wefaq has sent an urgent appeal to the Special Procedures Division in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the situation of the prisoners in Juw prison.
The Authority in Bahrain is fully responsible for the safety of the prisoners who are facing vengeful measures by denying them their fundamental human rights, Al Wefaq stated. Shockingly, state institutions and foundations concerned for human rights such as the Ombudsman Office, the National Institution for Human Rights, the General Inspector, Public Prosecution Office and Ministry of Human Rights all remain silent towards this situation.
Al Wefaq also notes the Interior Ministry’s silence, even though it is the body responsible for the administration of prisons, stressing that such practices are illegal and considered a serious violation of the rights of the prisoners.
(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.
"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....
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.
....Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the major opposition bloc in Bahrain, made the appeal during a demonstration in the country on Wednesday.
The group also called on the ruling Al Khalifa regime to put an end to the “ongoing crackdowns and media campaigns against dissidents."
Head of Bahrain’s opposition party says the revolution cannot be suppressed, and that it will continue until the demands of Bahrainis are met.
Bahraini revolution Orchestra - Candle homeland - February 18, 2012
MANAMA (Reuters) - Authorities in Bahrain said on Saturday they would take legal action against the opposition ....
The opposition has defied government bans on demonstrations before, but this is the first time the authorities have threatened legal action since a protest movement dominated by majority Shi'ite Muslims erupted last February.
The United States has called on Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, to engage with the opposition and hold more talks with its representatives.
It was not immediately clear what the action might entail, but the move appeared to represent an escalation of government attempts to put pressure on Al Wefaq, a group it has threatened to ban in the past.
Opposition parties led by Al Wefaq are demanding full powers for the elected parliament so that it can legislate and form governments. Many Shi'ites complain of being politically and economically marginalized ....
[After attempts to assassinate the opposition, after attempting to imprison all opposition intelligentsia, now the AlKhalifa terrorists attempt to outlaw all opposition organizations.....Unbelievable idiocy !]
Senior Wefaq member Abduljalil Khalil decried what he said was a new policy to end the use of the street to demand reforms.
"This will lead to more escalation since people now feel no hope. There is no chance to practice their freedom, they have cornered everybody now," he said.
Amnesty International criticized the bans on Thursday, saying the government was violating fundamental rights. A government statement said the interior ministry was working on identifying "approved locations" for rallies.
Since April the authorities have stepped up efforts to crack down on unrest. Activists cite an increased use of shotgun pellets, whose use authorities have declined to confirm or deny. ....
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.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain justified moves to ban a small Islamist group on Monday by saying a radical Shi'ite cleric based abroad was its spiritual leader, while the move was seen by some as a renewed warning to leading Shi'ite opposition party Wefaq.
[Sayed Hadi al-Modarresi an extremist?! I think NOT! ]
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