Bahrainis hold anti-Khalifa-regime demo in Sitra

May 23, 2011

Bahrainis have taken to the streets of the eastern island of Sitra once again to denounce the Al Khalifa ruling family and demand that they step down.

“The nation wants the fall of the regime,” they shouted during the demonstration on Saturday, Press TV reported.
The demonstrators also chanted slogans condemning the Bahraini security court's recent decision to issue death sentences for four anti-regime protesters and said the legal process was politicized in the trials.
The demonstration came a day after anti-government protests were held in several regions of Bahrain to demand the release of political prisoners.
According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Manama is currently holding over 1,000 people in detention over their political activities.
In a popular revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power.
On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf sheikhdom at Manama's request to help Bahraini security forces' efforts to crush the nationwide protests.
Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain -- a longtime ally of the United States and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.
Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops, have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.
Death sentence upheld for men
A Bahraini emergency appeals court has upheld the death sentences of two men found guilty of killing two police officers during anti-regime demonstrations.
The men are accused of running over two police officers with cars during anti-government protests which started in February, the Associated Press said on Sunday, quoting a report by Bahrain state news agency.
The Bahraini government also commuted two other death sentences to life imprisonment.
Human rights organizations have voiced concerns about the closed trial of the men, which was presided over by civil and military judges.
Rights activists in the crisis-stricken country have also called on the government to put an end to the prosecution of rights activists in the country.
Photo: Pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain on Saturday took to the streets of the eastern island of Sitra once again to denounce King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and demand that he step down.