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Leading Bahrain opposition HQ tear-gassed in fresh wave of clashes

Manama, Bahrain - A fresh wave of clashes broke out Friday in Bahrain between pro-reform demonstrators and police.

 

[If the SF's used Molotov cocktails and the opposition didn't, then the aggressor is much more apparent.  When both use firebombs,  any SF violence might be justified

when viewed from the West.....Peaceful Civil Disobedience! .....Isolate the regime in its brutal tactics! ]

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Bahrain opposition, Al-Wefaq, HQ 'attacked'

Bahrain opposition, Al-Wefaq,  HQ 'attacked' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain security forces attack the headquarters of the country's Shia opposition, firing tear gas and rubber bullets, the group says.

 

['That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche ]

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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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Security forces targeting Al-Wefaq vice president

Security forces targeting the vice president of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society near his house in Al-Daih village -west of Manama- in Bahrain. 07 December ...

 

Are these the reforms the regime promised as a result of BICI?   

 

Yasqut Hamad!

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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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Bahrain Interview: Former MP Matar Ibrahim Matar on His Detention and The Country's Future

Bahrain Interview: Former MP Matar Ibrahim Matar on His Detention and The Country's Future | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

What do you think will be the impact of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) report release on 30 October [now delayed to 23 November? Does anyone still have faith in the commission?

Maybe the report will not cover everything and will not reach the root of the conflict. The regime had the BICI come in to investigate in order to protect themselves and stay in power. Cherif Bassiouni is a professional; his resume is 65 pages long! (Cherif Bassiouni is an International UN war crime expert heading the human rights investigation in Bahrain). He is a good person but he is conflating the humanitarian role with the human rights role. He has done a lot to get people released from prison. I was one of those people he helped. On the other hand, it is just a temporary fix for many. For example, he did not succeed in securing the release of Jalila Salman, Vice President of the Teachers Society. Bassiouni has focused a lot on humanitarian issues, such as advocating for the release of political prisoners, but he has not focused on fact-finding or building a case against the government. He is acting as a mediator between the government and the people and this is a political role. He is mixing his roles and I think this will affect the outcome of the report. I will be happy if he succeeds in being both a mediator and a prosecutor of the regime.

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Bahrain opposition says leader's house tear-gassed 

Bahrain opposition says leader's house tear-gassed  | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain's largest opposition group says security forces have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the house of its top leader during attempts to disperse anti-government protesters.
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INTERVIEW: Bahrain's main opposition group targets "fake democracy"

INTERVIEW: Bahrain's main opposition group targets "fake democracy" | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Cairo - The key target of the struggle for greater democracy in Bahrain is fake democratic institutions, says opposition leader Khalil al-Marzook.

'This struggle will continue through peaceful means and will combat government violence with even more peace,' al-Marzooq, the deputy head of al-Wefaq, Bahrain's main opposition group, said.
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'We were there for five years and couldn't change a single article of the constitution or the political system,' he said. 'This parliament has lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people.'
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Al-Wefaq along with other opposition groups in Bahrain are pushing for an elected government 'representing the will of the people,' fair electoral districts, a wholly elected parliament with no appointees, an inclusive security apparatus that respects human rights, and an independent judiciary.
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'We are asking for an acceptable level of democracy in line with universal rights and principles. So we will continue to demand that the current parliament be dissolved and a constitutional monarchy be installed,' al-Marzooq said.
'Unfortunately, the current formula of representation in parliament cannot yield real reform, because half of its members are appointed.'

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Amid Protests, Bahrain Votes With U.S. Blessing : NPR

It's election day in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. ....

In another corner of this tiny kingdom, thousands gathered to hear Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of Wefaq. Salman called the government's reforms cosmetic and said elections alone don't make democracies. He noted that elections were routine occurrences in some of the authoritarian regimes that are now history.

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Al-Khalifa regime threatened by children and monuments.......

Al-Khalifa regime threatened by children and monuments....... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Today, 9/23/2011, Ministry of the Interior in Bahrain threatend Alwefaq opposition Party that they'll attack the gathering if they didn't remove the pearl mock-up!

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The Arab American News - Bahrain's Wefaq demands military courts close

MANAMA — Bahrain's main Shi’a opposition party, Al-Wefaq, demanded on Tuesday last week the closure of military courts set up during a protest crackdown and condemned an attack on the home of its leader.

Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman: Main Shi’a opposition party demands release of all political prisoners, start of real political reforms in Bahrain.
In a statement distributed to international newswire services, Wefaq demanded the "closure of military tribunals and the repeal of all their verdicts, the release of all political prisoners and the start of real political reforms" in the Gulf kingdom.

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The party also condemned an attack on Tuesday by "security forces" on the residence of its leader, cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, in a Shi’a part of the capital Manama, damaging his car and surveillance cameras.

Two days earlier, the same residence was shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas, it added, while also lamenting a rise in night attacks that have injured people in several parts of Bahrain.

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Bahrain by-poll to go ahead despite opposition boycott

MANAMA - Bahrain has confirmed that the planned by-election will take place on time next month despite the decision of some political groups to boycott it.
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Bahrain police attack Shiite opposition headquarters, break up weekly meeting by force!

Bahrain police attack Shiite opposition headquarters, break up weekly meeting by force! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Defying government orders, Shiite clerics on Friday also held prayer services on the rubble of mosques that had been bulldozed by authorities earlier this year. It was the first time that Shiite clerics have actively taken part in the protest movement, openly defying the government.

The Shiite clerics say at least 38 mosques used by their congregations were destroyed since the protests began in February.

“We will start a campaign to defend our religious sites and the first such activity starts with a protest at the end of the prayer at Diraz grand mosque,” senior Shiite cleric Sheik Isa Qassim said during his Friday sermon. Diraz is an opposition stronghold northwest of the capital.

“We demand democracy for one people, Sunni and Shiite, and we understand the approach of the government that aims to divide our people. We are the ones who insist on unity, and because of this we are targeted by the government,” he said....

 

[The clerics are great leaders in faith AND civil disobedience!]

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Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa

Bahrain opposition urges talks with the illegitimate Government of Hamad al-Khalifa | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"It is not acceptable to talk about the outcome of the so-called 'national dialogue' as a suitable foundation for the wanted reforms because it is void of any real constitutional and political reforms" the statement said.
The groups include the Arab nationalist and leftist Waed party, whose Sunni leader Ibrahim Sharif remains in prison since the crackdown on protests and has been convicted along with other leading opponents of plotting to overthrow the regime.
The opposition groups also condemned the recent heavy-handed response to small protests breaking out in villages of the Shiite majority.
"We strongly condemn the campaign of collective oppression and terrorism practised by security forces against peaceful demonstrators," the statement said.

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Bahrain opposition leader, Ali Salman, to meet British minister

Bahrain opposition leader, Ali Salman, to meet British minister | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

LONDON — Bahrain's Shiite opposition leader said Friday he is to meet the British minister for the Middle East in London, a week after the Gulf state's King Hamad visited Britain.
"I will meet Mr. Alistair Burt on Monday," Ali Salman, leader of Bahrain's Al-Wefaq group, told AFP. The Foreign Office could not confirm the meeting.
Burt paid a two-day visit to Bahrain this week, where he met members of the government as well as representatives of business, media and civil society.
Salman said he had already met with a group of lawmakers in parliament during his trip to Britain.

 

[Britain should recognize the new interim Government with Ali Salman as President!...

Elections to be held forthwith ...]

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US mediation offer between Bahrain authorities, Al Wefaq turned down

US mediation offer between Bahrain authorities, Al Wefaq turned down | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain’s foreign minister has turned down an offer from a US diplomat to mediate between Al Wefaq and the government...

 

[You can't mediate, arbitrate, bargain or even have sensible talk with a fascist dictator!  There is only 1 side to every issue, it is the fascist dictators side!  Powers must be ceded first to the opposition, then there can be 2 equal parties engaging in discussion!]  

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Bahrain opposition will not work with the illegitimate Khalifa regime!- Al Jazeera English

Bahrain opposition will not work with the illegitimate Khalifa regime!- Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's only response to the report, so far, has been to establish a new commission entrusted with studying the previous commission's work. He announced the panel during a speech on Wednesday, and formally established it on Saturday via a royal decree.

The announcement was greeted with scorn by the opposition, which dismissed it as a stalling tactic.

Al Wefaq, which has normally been careful in its criticism of the government, refused to work with the commission unless Hamad first sacks his cabinet. He asked two members of the party to join the new commission, and both refused.

Signs at Friday's rally read "down down government" and "we want democracy" [Al Jazeera]
“We will not work or co-operate with the present government, and we demand for its resignation,” Khalil Marzooq, a senior member of Al Wefaq, said.

“This government must resign, because it’s proved now that it has killed and tortured our citizens.”

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Dozens hurt as Bahrain police attack funeral: Opposition - Hindustan Times

Bahrain's security forces attacked a funeral procession in a Shiite village on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital Manama injuring dozens of people, the opposition said in a statement on Sunday.
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Bahrain security forces clash with protesters - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain security forces clash with protesters - Middle East - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tear gas and armoured vehicles used to disperse protesters after funeral of father of opposition leader.

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Video and images uploaded on social media websites on Friday appeared to show police cars driving at protesters in several locations.

Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said the government had blocked roads to try to prevent people from attending the funeral ceremony.

Bahrain is hoping to conclude an arms deal with the United States but the purchase could hinge on the results of the commission investigating this year's unrest and claims by Shias of abuse they suffered during martial law.

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Bahrain forced to hold run-off elections after lack of majorities - The National

Bahrain forced to hold run-off elections after lack of majorities - The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After candidates in nine constituencies failed to win an outright majority Bahrain is to hold a run-off round of special parliamentary elections in October.

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Mr Salman's Wefaq party and other Shiite blocs urged a boycott to protest crackdowns.

He claimed yesterday that the boycott was effective.

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Bahrain إرادة شعب / خطاب الشيخ علي سلمان الناري في توبلي 22.09

A fiery speech by Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the largest opposition in Bahrain الخطاب التأريخي الرائع للامين العام لجمعية الوفاق الاسلاميه في قرية توبلي في ف...
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Thousands of Bahrainis march, demand rights | World | Reuters

Thousands of Bahrainis march, demand rights | World | Reuters | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA (Reuters) - Some 20,000 protesters marched near the Bahraini capital of Manama on Friday, shouting anti-government slogans and vowing to stick to their calls for democratic reforms in the Gulf island...

 

The Friday March, organised by Wefaq, was entitled, "No backing down, we are insistent on our demands."

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Opposition sees future without U.S. fleet - Washington Times

Opposition sees future without U.S. fleet - Washington Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The leader of this island kingdom’s largest opposition party says that a future, democratic Middle East would eliminate the need for the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.

“I believe that a democratic system inherently guarantees long-term stability and allows achieving cooperation between democracies,” said Ali Salman, secretary-general of the Wefaq National Islamic Society.

“If this region sees the emergence of a democratic order, I think there will be real stability in the medium- and long-term. There would be no need for any [foreign] forces to be present to guarantee the flow of oil.”

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وثق للبحرين | #Document HR violations page - Al-Wefaq

#Document the Human Rights crimes of the Al-Khalifa regime!  ICC will need the documentation to issues charges.....

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