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Protester Killed in Bahrain “Day of Rage”; Anti-Government Demonstrations in Iran & Yemen

February 14, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in American Government with 1 Comment

Police violently dispersed an anti-government demonstration in the Persian Gulf emirate of Bahrain today, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding jobs and more freedom. Reuters reports one person has been killed and 20 injured, one critically, in the Shiite villages that surround the capital city of Manama. Bahrain’s king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, had offered every Bahraini family a $2,650 payment in an attempt to thwart today’s demonstrations, but thousands of people took to the streets in towns and villages across the small country.

Bahraini protesters flee security forces. (Photo: AP/Getty Images)

Bahrain, where a Sunni Muslim minority rules over a Shiite majority, had been preparing for this “Day of Rage” since last week, when anti-government demonstrations brought down the 30-year regime of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. But protesters here say their goal is not the removal of the king. “We don’t want to overthrow the ruling family, we just want to have our say,” one demonstrator told Reuters.

In the village of Daih, a 22-year-old man died from bullet wounds to the back, and another protester is in critical condition with a fractured skull. In Diraz, “there were 2,000 sitting in the street voicing their demands when police started firing,” one protester told Reuters. Here is YouTube video of police attacking demonstrators in Diraz:

Meanwhile, across the Persian Gulf in Iran, anti-government protesters clashed with security forces today as thousands marched in the capital city of Tehran. According to al-Jazeera, several people have been wounded by police gunfire and are being treated in a Tehran hospital. Up to 10,000 security forces had been deployed to stop protesters from entering Azadi Square, where several different marches planned to converge.

Protests also broke out in the city of Isfahan, with dozens of demonstrators reportedly arrested there.

The protests were reportedly organized on the social media website Facebook and were reminiscent of the 2009 uprising that followed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

What will happen next is still anyone’s guess. As night fell on Tehran, demonstrators were still out in the streets, chanting anti-government slogans and setting fire to dumpsters and barricades. A favorite slogan: “Mubarak, Ben Ali, now it’s Khamenei’s turn,” referring to the ousted Egyptian and Tunisian dictators and their own Islamic fundamentalist ruler.

In Yemen, protesters clashed with police and crowds loyal to the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for more than 32 years. Demonstrators shouted “After Mubarak, Ali” as they continued protests that began over the weekend. Thousands of Yemenis are involved; police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds. According to the Reuters and the BBC, “government loyalists armed with broken bottles, daggers and stones chased the protesters.” A BBC correspondent and his cameraman were also attacked by police.

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  1. AhmedApril 5, 2011 at 4:31 amReply

    Freedom is the Last. Best hope of earth

    Bahrain golf pearl the country with a million palms it’s all gone thanks to Arab dictator, the word Bahrain resamples torture massacre death violation and the list go on. I love my country but I never called Hamid my king some so called Religious scholars stated the king is your guardian and to disobey is forbidden….king? A king is just a title.

    What the….happen? even I don’t know it’s simply a miss, before all hell broke loss the position held a press conflict stated accepting the dialog with princes Salman next morning around 6am we got our answer a Peninsula Shield to Purification Bahrain from opposition in their own words (some were wondering why we don’t trust them) I hate that we saw it coming but we didn’t even dream they would go as far as calling sectarian Military to annihilation unarmed people. Calling help to kill your own people it’s a phenomenal but we got the msg sell your soul to the west and you are judgment proof, is this the world we want to live in? A world that runs by fear and deception but whose running it….can you see where it’s heading a disaster. Peace ain’t that the dream…why the….is it still a dream you see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not? This is for dreamers out there if you can dream then you have a heart. I gotta tell you before The revolution my heart only broke twice now I lost count, I can’t do this in my own so for the first time in my life I say this word (please) just help me make them open the hospitals that’s all I am asking for even sticking a picture on a wall makes a deferent…..can you help me?

    I tasted freedom for the first time in my life at pearl roundabout Lincoln was absolutely right those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/satrawi81

    Saying my peace here bcz they arrest Bloggers and by Saturday night I might not be around J hope I can try the 3DS before that XD once a gamer always a gamer.

    #Bahrain government are beyond pissed that we are still peaceful and didn’t retaliate from the start of the revelation sure we closed a road after military attacked us twice at pearl roundabout and to make them fear attacking again we started a play a stranger come to us and say the military is at the Blocked so we march from pearl roundabout with sticks it worked they got scared, scared enough to bring a Stigma shield (it’s like a time bomb here we are just waiting for an order to let us fight back).

    #Kuwait refused sending military to butcher unarmed people, instead they tried sending a medic team just to heal and save life’s when they arrived to Bahrain they were denied entering and ordered to go back when they arrived Kuwait they told them my bad you can come back to Bahrain but spend the night at Saudi a 12hour car drive and in the morning they told them go back Kuwait…..talk about cat and mice.

    #Do you know that both UAE and KSA who entered Bahrain to save the king had there princes in Arranged marriage with the Bahrain prince….talk about saving marriage.

    # Only in Bahrain the native citizens are actually gallous from Naturalized….I dream and the Naturalized take, I dream and the Naturalized take that’s enough I will stop dreaming.

    # Jihad is simply spreading god words so in this so called open mind world why is there still people killing each other and say its jihad?

    # This have been a perfect opportunity to find out who’s simply Neutral in delivering news so stay away from bbc and cnn it’s sad that the only English channel I can advise is CBS, Do i even need to tell you google is goverment controlled ?

    # When the revolution started they told us we are the same as England stop trying to make a change we asked a journalist at one of the March he told us we elect our Prime Minister and if this many people march asking her to step down she would step down.

    #why stopped the Strike you see they brought foreign military what make you think they wouldn’t bring workers? Some might be going to work (by bus) but make no mistake we are at a strike.

    #the human right organization….more like human joke this is the perfect chance make an example and a warning to any idiot who kill his own people, is it wrong to ask for a king that would protect the protester instead of killing them.

    #End of the world is an act of god….not human, Oh no the end of the world is coming…..idiots stop waiting for the end and just enjoy now they remind me of my little bro when we go out he thinks too much at when we going back that he never enjoy the ride.

    # I don’t get it why is there Medals for killing each other? Or why is a life of a child worth more than the life of an Elderly.

    #finally you got bored with films about the Arab terrorists and not a single bad movie about Jews talk about forcing concept, some wondering is USA tax payer funding Terrorism. Hello welcome to the real world.

    #so many Objections to Guantanamo but nobody knows we have over 10 Guantanamo in Bahrain and anyone who object the king is a terrorist.

    # Imagine a world represented in one piece I believe the west is the navy and Shichibukai are the dictators finally pirates is the people that doesn’t set 10 hour behind a screen.

    # Did you know that Yemen leader had tried making himself permit king called his people terrorists and now trying to negotiate when he will step down just …..Off.

    # Yes we said down down Hamid in our march we said it to make give in not a reason to kill us. This reminds me can you all just spread (beb beb bebeb) in the car horn, it resembles down down Hamid try spreading it around the world because it’s forbidden in Bahrain XD.

    #In Quran ((If you stretch your hand to kill me I won’t stretch my hands to you to kill you, I fear Allah, Lord of the Worlds)) they are killing us here and we are Muslim what make you think they would spare you and why the whole world had to hear holy Quran was burned that guy has been nagging so much do you mind just shave him bald.

    # Only in Saudi when an earth quake or 9/11 Occurs they say you deserve it bcz you are Infidel its god worth upon you and women are still forbidden from driving car in Saudi for god sake they will shade windows and promise not to open them or get out of the car just let them be.

    # Israel has been in philistine for the last 60 years and just from there action you gotta admit Hitler had a point: I could have annihilated all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was annihilating them.

    #I just loved the 2 statement Iran made: the closer you are to israel the farther you are to Iran, It’s an insult to call telling you stop killing unarmed people interfering.

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