Bahrain detention centre riot leaves 40 hurt

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Bahrain has been buffeted by bouts of unrest since February 2011 when an uprising led by members of the Shi'ite majority demanded the Sunni Al Khalifa dynasty give up power. (AFP/Getty Images)

Bahrain has been buffeted by bouts of unrest since February 2011 when an uprising led by members of the Shi'ite majority demanded the Sunni Al Khalifa dynasty give up power. (AFP/Getty Images)

At least 40 Bahraini prisoners were hurt on Friday when security forces used batons, tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against inmates protesting over their conditions, an activist said.

The Interior Ministry said security forces had restored order after a number of detainees rioted.

"They tried to break the doors, the police interfered and restored order," a tweet by the ministry said.

Sayed Al Muhafada of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said he had received a call from inside the prison telling him that around 100 prisoners, most held for terrorism offences, were protesting over being deprived of family visits and other grievances.

The small Gulf Arab state and Western ally, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, has been buffeted by bouts of unrest since February 2011 when an uprising led by members of the Shi'ite majority demanded the Sunni Al Khalifa dynasty give up power.

The authorities crushed the revolt but protests and clashes have persisted despite continuing talks between government and opposition, leaving Bahrain on the front line of a tussle for regional influence between Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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Posted by: EyesightNotAnIssueHere

He is not really interested in "seeing" the double standards. He is actually quite happy with them and could not care less about the suffering his attitude has brought to his "Arab Brothers"


But it is OK because I'm sure this will be somehow blamed on the West either the Governments or the NGOs

Posted by: H

Arabian business why didn't you mention that few of the brave policemen got injured????? You guys are one sided that's why your giving Bahrain a bad image.

Posted by: RAH

"...most held for terrorism offences, were protesting over being deprived of family visits and other grievances."

Lets see: you riot in the streets and cause havoc and destroy public and private property and killed a few innocent Asian bystanders along the way, while terrorize others yet you say YOU got deprived of family visits?? What about those injured and killed by your riots? Dont their families have the right to have their members alive and living?
I fully support and back the Bahraini government in having to ensure control of the streets and the lives of citizens and expats alike.

Posted by: tony

Hmm...and in Syria you support the people who are fighting the govt., huh?

Don't you see the double-standard in your way of thinking?

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