Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bahrain army join protests, 25 political detainees released, king visits Saudi

The attached YouTube video shows a small group of Bahraini army joining thousands of protesters who want to overthrow the king, many of the Shiite victims claiming to be victims of long-term discrimination.
These military men are conscious of their role as protectors of the people and whose job is not to beat them up. These weeks’ protests saw the army opened fire to the people that resulted to seven deaths.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said Wednesday that King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa ordered the release of 25 prominent political prisoners and stop proceedings against others, according to CNN.
Several high-profile Shiite clerics were likewise freed.
Human rights activists said the latest releases make up to about 100 so far released with some 400 still being held for political reasons.
Al-Arabiya reported that the king left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for an official visit.
His visit to the kingdom coincides with King Abdullah's return to Riyadh after the latter was operated on in New York for spine problem in November. The Saudi king has been recovering in Morocco over the past four weeks.
There was no mention of the specific purpose of neither the visit nor when the king will return to Bahrain.
Details of this story here.

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