Bahrainis rally upon opposition’s call

Bahrainis have been calling for an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty since mid-February
Thousands of Bahrainis have attended an anti-government protest rally in the capital, Manama, organized by the al-Wefaq opposition group.

Chanting slogans against the ruling Al Khalifa family, demonstrators called for the release of hundreds of Bahrainis detained for supporting anti-regime protests.

The mass rally came one day after Saudi-back Bahraini forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the house of Sheikh Ali Salman, the top leader of the al-Wefaq party.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters have been holding regular demonstrations in Bahrain, calling for the US-backed Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded Bahrain to assist the ruling regime in its brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in the Persian Gulf Island, home to a huge military base of US Navy’s fifth fleet.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested  by the regime.

( / 11.11.2011)

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