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Unarmed Protester Shot Point-Blank By Bahraini Security Forces

March 16, 2011

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From HuffPo:

For over a month, protests have erupted in the Gulf nation as anti-government protesters flocked to the capital city of Manama’s Pearl Square. In the last few days, events have become increasingly bloody, with Saudi Arabia sending troops to the country on Monday, one of whom was shot to death. Bahraini Shi’ites called the Saudi intervention an act of “war,” and subsequently, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a state of emergency.

At that time, Nabeel Hameed, a neurosurgeon at Manama’s biggest hospital, reported that protesters “were all shot from close range,” adding that forces “do shoot to kill.”

On Wednesday, military and security forces launched a “large-scale assault” on protesters in which at least 5 people have been killed. Protester Hamid Zuher told the AP:

“They fired tear gas and then opened fire. We lifted our arms and started saying ‘Peaceful, Peaceful.’ Then we had to run away.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:09 pm

    I had heard something about this.

    I think our govt is going to have to come out and actually condemn the violence, not just say we are monitoring the situation and urging both sides to refrain from violence because one side of the equation has military weapons that they are using and the other side are unarmed.

    The Saudis coming in with their military just makes things worse.

    If we don’t start reducing our dependence on foreign oil we’ll never be able to speak out or do anything about this stuff. We are overly-reliant on the corrupt House of Saud for our oil/gas and thus we tiptoe around their corruption and abuses, all the while pointing the finger at Iran and others for doing the exact same thing.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 16, 2011 3:34 pm

    This is truly horrifying. First they knock him down with a shot to his left arm/shoulder, then as he’s staggering to get up — already incapacitated — they finish him off with a shot to the head. Since he was unarmed and was just gesticulating as he talked to the soldiers, I assume he was shot as an example to the crowd gathered at a safer distance. Amazingly (the courage…), it looked like the crowd remaining started throwing rocks at the soldiers rather than scattering. I’d like to think that man didn’t sacrifice his life in vain, i.e. that these images will expose the ruling regimes for what they are — corrupt, ruthless, autocratic — and galvanize people here in the US to begin questioning our government’s allegiance to these murderers. But who’s going to see it unless it goes viral on YouTube. Is AJ covering this? They’ve seemed awfully quiet of late.

  3. March 16, 2011 7:23 pm

    I like AJ and consider them a solid news source. But, for whatever reasons, their coverage of Bahrain has been relatively paltry since the crisis started weeks ago. AJ is based in Qatar, not far at all from Bahrain. It is also majority Sunni, while Bahrain is majority Shia (ruled by Sunni).

    Between Bahrain, Libya, Japan, …, the events in the world right now are beyond overwhelming.

    • March 16, 2011 8:24 pm

      Do you think some Arab governments are giving them a hard time in terms of getting access to cover the protests? I’m not making excuses for them, but they usually don’t give in to pressure to moderate their coverage, even when the govt of Qatar gets annoyed.

      Also, while AJ has grown in size exponentially, I’m wondering what kind of financial constraints they have. They lose out on a lot of advertising dollars thanks to US and European Islamophobia and the mistaken belief that everything they do is Arab propaganda.

      They are devoting much more time to the Bahrain protests than anyone else is- here is their live blog:

      http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/middle-east/live-blog-bahrain-crackdown

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