Bahraini regime prosecute teachers

April 2, 2011 - 0:0

The Bahraini education ministry has reportedly formed a committee tasked with taking action against school officials taking part in anti-government protests and strikes.

Reports say some heads of schools, administration staff and as well as teachers have already been summoned for questioning, Xinhua reported late Friday.
The education ministry has cracked down on teachers participating in the protests following harassment of female doctors by masked Bahraini forces.
To express solidarity with the ongoing revolution, thousands of teachers, called by the Bahrain Teachers Society, went on a strike in February and again during last month.
Education International (EI) has called on its members to take action to protest at the recent crackdown on teacher unionists in Bahrain.
While teachers and students are voicing their demands for more freedom and rights, the Bahraini regime has detained several teachers and students making unfounded allegations against them, EI said, adding that some students have also been dismissed.
EI said it has condemned those arrests and excessive use of force. It is urging the Bahraini government to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of teachers, students and unionists.
UK urges regime to restart talks with opposition
Britain’s defense minister on Saturday called on Bahrain to restart talks with the opposition, urging restraint as government forces continued to attack pro-democracy protesters in the strategically-important kingdom.
On a tour of the Persian Gulf states to hold talks on joint military operations in Libya, Liam Fox said the UK urged a political solution in Bahrain, where security forces have crushed the pro-democracy protest movement, The Financial Times reported..
“We expect restraint, that things are handled constitutionally and with the avoidance of violence -- that’s the message we will give to all sides,” he told reporters in Dubai.
“If you do not allow change to be a process, then it may become an event -- if you block the process of change, then you may be forced with being changed,” he said.
Security forces encircled Shia villages for a second Friday in a row, attempting to keep unrest from spilling out into the capital, Manama.
Bahrain’s government has rejected calls for dialogue since it cracked down on the protests.
Campaign of intimidation
With a wave of midnight arrests, checkpoints, and targeting of wounded protesters, Bahrain's rulers have launched what appears to be a calculated campaign to intimidate supporters of the pro-democracy protest movement that began here in February, the Christian Science Monitor reported.
Security forces have directed much of the abuse -- which includes midnight arrests, checkpoints, and targeting of wounded protesters -- toward Bahrain’s majority Shia population, instilling fear and raising sectarian tensions in the tiny kingdom.
“I don’t want to go anywhere now. I’ll stay in my home because there is no safety,” says Ibrahim, a university student who says he was recently beaten and held for 36 hours at a checkpoint, and has a deformed left ear and bruises elsewhere to prove it. He asked that his last name be withheld for his own safety.
Bahraini rulers dishonor Islam
Amid the popular anti-regime protests in Bahrain, a political observer says the vicious ruling al-Khalifa family is factional and petty, doing dishonor to Islam.
Rodney Shakespeare, chairman of the Committee against Torture in Bahrain in London, told Press TV in an interview that the Bahraini rulers “are not true kings. They are maniac killers.”
“They will go down in history as scum. Think of it what a true king is: it is someone who stands for all their people against foreign invaders.”
Shakespeare also commented on the “US-ordered” Saudi role in the ongoing crisis in Bahrain.
“When Clinton said that Bahrain has a right to invite foreign troops in, the meaning is any country, including America, can invite foreign troops in to kill its own citizens, and the meaning of that is the American government has got the right to kill Americans.”
Bahrain has been the scene of nationwide anti-regime protests since February 14.
Bahrain’s government has rejected calls for dialogue since it cracked down on the protests.
Saudi troops have also entered the Persian Gulf island to help the regime crack down hard on the popular movement.
The protests have left at least 25 people dead and around 1,000 others wounded so far.