This is not a new phase of the police mercenaries conflict with Bahrainis citizens. Actually that's one of the cards the Alkhalifa regime was playing with from the first days of the revolution in Bahrain...Police forces allying with thugs -- which most are police or army but is civilian clothes -- have been seen very clearly:(1) on the attack on Bahrain University on the 13th March. (2) Also during Manama Clashes on March: thugs were sent to attack Manama Center citizens. (3) They were used again in Sitra on the attack on the village on 15th March, there are many pictures and videos for them running around holding shotguns. (4) They have been used in Muharraq during Ashura processions to attack mourners. (5) They have been seen also in March during the march that was heading to the Raffa.(6) More than one occassion they have been sent to attack houses and breaking into cars in villiges such as (Bani Jamra, Dar Kulaib) In all the cases they are always packed-up with Police force who are protecting them from behind. This is done purposly by the government in order to drag the people into conflicts between each other so Alkhlifa can present themselves as the only reason Bahrainis are living in peace, and if it was not for them, a civil war would start.. But they will not succeed in this beacuse the pro-democracy protesters are aware of this and have not allowed themselves to fall in this trap.
[It also serves the purpose internationally to provide the regime with some 'plausible deniability' with regards all actions of the Mercenaries. They can say after the fact that the offensive actions were not govenment sanctioned or conducted by the regime. The acts were just the behaviors of a few private citizens and the regime isn't affiliated with them......Total lies for sure, but this is the way these regimes try to deny their crimes after the fact.....]