News ID: 155220
Published: 0240 GMT July 18, 2016

Bahraini regime’s pressures will backfire

Bahraini regime’s pressures will backfire

Bahrain has been the scene of anti-regime protests since 2011. People in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom have so far held peaceful demonstrations and called on the country’s authorities to meet their legitimate demands. They expect the ruling Al Khalifa family to respect their basic rights and release political prisoners without any preconditions.

Nonetheless, the Manama regime uses all means to crush any voice of dissent.

In the latest move, a court in the Persian Gulf kingdom dissolved Al-Wefaq, the country's main opposition group. The court also ordered the confiscation of the movement’s assets and funds. This is while the movement’s secretary general Sheikh Ali Salman, who is accused of plotting to overthrow the government and collaborating with foreign powers, has been in jail since 2014.

The court ruling indicates that the Bahraini judiciary is not independent and its rulings are part of the crackdown on the opposition groups.

Following the dissolution of Al-Wefaq, Bahraini people staged rallies to protest against the court’s decision. However, the kingdom’s police employed excessive violence to disperse the protesters.

The Al Khalifa regime is engaged in a harsh crackdown on dissent and widespread discrimination against the country's Shia majority. Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested by the regime. The regime has further revoked the citizenship of many Bahrainis, including top Shia scholar Sheikh Isa Qassim, in an attempt to nip any dissent in the bud.  

Despite massive violations of human rights in Bahrain, the so-called human rights advocates turn a blind eye to the atrocities perpetrated by the ruling system.

Some Western and regional countries are allies of Manama in repressing its people which provide the regime with all kinds of military and logistic support. Close ties between Manama and the West have hindered efforts to pressure the kingdom for violating human rights.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, while Saudi Arabia regards the tiny island as its backyard.

Every now and then, human rights organizations have released reports about crimes committed by the Al Khalifa regime. However, the petrodollars of Riyadh and the dominant influence of the US have foiled plans to adopt practical actions against the oppressors.

Bahraini authorities have, at times, accused Iran of provoking protesters in the kingdom. Manama invents such pretexts to link the country’s popular uprising to foreign interventions. This is while the Islamic Republic has always denied any interference in Bahrain’s domestic affairs. Tehran says it only provides spiritual support for oppressed people who fight against tyranny.

Despite the ongoing situation, Bahraini people have proved that they will not succumb to threats and injustice under repression. They hold daily rallies to show that they are determined to achieve their goals.

The Bahraini regime is desperately repressing protest movements which could mean that the days of its rulers are numbered.   


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