Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bahrain's "Day of Rage" calls for human rights, does not seek to oust king


A greater military presence was seen in the Persian Gulf nation Bahrain on Monday where the "Day of Rage" took place, according to a report by Al Jazeera.
Taking off from Tunisia and Egypt's experiences, protesters from the kingdom, which is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, saw a few clashes that injured 14 protesters on Valentine's Day.
News agencies reported that there was evident police visibility and choppers circled over the capital Manama.
Using rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd of the predominantly Shia villagers of Newidrat in the southwest of the island, the demonstrators were calling for the freedom of political detainees.
"We are only asking for political reforms, right of political participation, respect for human rights, stopping of systematic discrimination against Shias," human rights activist Nabeel Rajab told Al Jazeera.
"All the demands are to do with human rights and nothing to do with the ruling family and their regime."
There are over 450 detainees in the monarchy, according to Bloomberg.
Facebook activists supporting "The Revolution of 14th February in Bahrain" have more than 13,400 fans.
It was earlier reported that each Bahraini family received 1,000 dinars (US$2,652) during the 10th anniversary of the National Action Charter as ordered by King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa, according to Bahraini News Agency on 11 February.
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