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British general's company paid to support Bahrain dictatorship – Telegraph Blogs

British general's company paid to support Bahrain dictatorship – Telegraph Blogs | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The following story appears in the print edition of today's Telegraph: BRITAIN'S former military commander in Iraq has extravagantly praised a dictatorial Arab regime after it paid his company £1.5million to "support [its] stance before the...

 

Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb, a former director of Special Forces and commander of the Field Army, last month described the Gulf state of Bahrain as a "little gem… the leading point of change, reforms and progress since the 1920s" and attacked the Western media for "unfairly" lumping it in with Tunisia, Libya and Syria.


"There it is just systematic, state-sponsored abuse of its own people," he told Bahrain's Gulf Daily News. "And nothing can be further from the truth here."
At least 50 civilians have been killed, according to Amnesty International, after Bahraini and Saudi forces put down non-violent demonstrations last spring calling for political reform, democracy and an end to Sunni domination over the country's Shia majority.


In proportion to Bahrain's tiny population, the death toll is higher than in Tunisia or Egypt. Five members of the security forces have also died.

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Bahraini forces attack mourners

Bahraini forces attack mourners | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Saudi-backed forces attack Bahraini people mourning the death of a protester in a regime crackdown.


Forces loyal to the Al Khalifa ruling family have killed scores of people and arrested hundreds of protesters since the eruption of anti-regime protests in mid-February.


Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed military equipment and troops to Bahrain in mid-March upon a request from Manama to help quash nationwide protests in the country.

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