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BBC News - “The city is in complete lockdown” #Bahrain #lulu #Feb14

Security forces with tanks have over-run a square in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama where anti-government protesters have been camped for weeks.

At least three protesters are reported to have died after police fired tear gas at the mainly Shia demonstrators. State TV said two policemen also died.

There are reports that troops have entered the main Salmaniya hospital.

The country’s Sunni rulers have declared martial law and called in Saudi troops to help keep order.

At least two people died in clashes on Tuesday and more than 200 were injured.

A senior Bahrain opposition MP, quoted by Reuters, described the crackdown as a “war of annihilation”.

"This does not happen even in wars and it is not acceptable," said Abdel Jalil Khalil.

Opposition politicians also said that between three and five protesters were killed.

It is not clear whether soldiers from other Gulf states are taking part in the crackdown alongside Bahraini forces.

The BBC’s Caroline Hawley in Manama says black plumes of smoke are rising over Pearl Square, the centre of the protests, while helicopters are flying overhead. There are riot police stationed in approach roads.

Armoured vehicles moved in shortly after dawn, our correspondent says, and the security forces appear to have gained full control of the square after an operation lasting a couple of hours.

Hospital surrounded

The crackdown comes a day after King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a three-month state of emergency.

Protesters had set up barricades in the square but they were no match for the military, our correspondent says.

Tyres were burnt to alert people in surrounding villages to the crackdown but they were unable to make it through to the square to join the protests.

The security forces have now moved into Manama’s financial district, reopening roads which had been blocked by protesters.

The country’s stock market said it had closed until further notice, AFP news agency said.

Sources at the Salmaniya hospital said it had been surrounded by troops, and no-one was being allowed in or out. The wounded are now reportedly being treated in mosques or at home.

A doctor there told the BBC troops that she and her colleagues were hiding from troops who had taken over the building.

"They’ve emptied the first floor, which is [where] the accident and emergency’s located," Fatma Haji said.

"We are hiding now with small groups in all the corridors, hidden rooms and we’re locking the doors. There are snipers who are directing their guns to the windows and there are buses, big buses of commandos."

Human rights groups said live rounds had been used in some parts of the city.

There are also reports of dozens injured but our correspondent says it is difficult to get any sense of casualty numbers.

Bahrain - home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet - is the first Gulf country to be thrown into turmoil by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.

The protests in Bahrain - which has a population of 525,000 - began last month. The Shia majority complain of economic hardship, lack of political freedom and discrimination in jobs in favour of Sunnis.

Seven people had been killed during a month of protests prior to Tuesday’s clashes.

The king reshuffled his cabinet on 26 February, replacing four ministers, including two royal family members. However, he did not sack Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifah ibn Salman al-Khalifah, who has held the office for more than 40 years.

The protesters were inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, whose long-serving presidents were forced from power after weeks of demonstrations.

The UN, US and other countries have called for restraint and a political resolution to the crisis.

But our correspondent says the prospect of dialogue recedes with every shot fired.

2 Videos from #lulu #Bahrain : the moment of attack, and one of the gas victims

(AP) — Military troops and security forces are moving against thousands of anti-government protesters occupying a landmark square in Bahrain’s capital, a day after emergency rule was imposed in the violence-wracked Gulf kingdom.

Police and military units fired tear gas and have started to push into Pearl Square after daylight on Wednesday. Shooting was heard, but there was no immediate word on casualties.

Bahrain’s king has declared a three-month state of emergency and instructed the military to battle unrest in the strategic nation, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Clashes erupted Tuesday across the island nation, killing at least two civilians.

Protesters led by Bahrain’s majority Shiites are seeking greater political rights from Sunni rulers.

- Associated Press

Videos I found via Twitter.

The moment they shot at us in the morning #Bahrain #qadam

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One of the gas victims.

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#speak2tweet from US about #Bahrain doctors not allowed to treat injured.
Violent crackdown in Bahrain condemned | Amnesty International

Amnesty International has called on the governments of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to immediately restrain their security forces after an anti-government protester was shot dead in Bahrain today and many others sustained gunshot injuries.

Eye-witnesses told Amnesty International that Bahraini riot police and plain-clothed security forces used shotguns, rubber bullets and teargas against demonstrators in Sitra and Ma’ameer. Several ambulance drivers were attacked by riot police with batons as they tried to reach the wounded.

An eyewitness told Amnesty International that riot police blocked access to the Sitra Health Centre where many of the injured were taken, while leaving other injured people lying unassisted in the streets. The electricity supply to the centre was cut.

“The Bahraini authorities must immediately rein in their security forces and end their use of excessive force, and the Saudi Arabian authorities should demand this too if they are not to appear complicit,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director. “All those involved must act with restraint to prevent further loss of life.”

The shootings came as the King of Bahrain declared a three-month state of emergency, as anti-government protesters continue to demand reform.

“Today’s shootings and the reports we are receiving about denial of medical care to the injured are a desperately worrying development and indicate a truly alarming escalation following the police killings of protesters in February and the influx yesterday of Saudi Arabian troops and Emirati police to buttress the Bahraini government,” said Malcolm Smart.

Amnesty International has confirmed that one man died in Sitra Health Centre after being shot, but has not yet been able to verify other reported deaths.

Hospital sources and other eye-witnesses have told Amnesty International that hundreds of people have been admitted with injuries but it is unclear whether these were caused by excessive force or in violent clashes.

According to media reports earlier in the day, a Saudi Arabian soldier was killed after clashes with protesters.

“The King’s declaration of a state of emergency must not be used as a cover for repression and abuses of human rights, as has happened in so many other countries,” said Malcolm Smart. “Those responsible for excessive force, unlawful killings and other serious abuses must be held to account and the King and his government have an obligation to ensure it.”

More links on human rights in #Bahrain
#Anonops Operation #Bahrain : Internet off and #lulu attacked by Saudis
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Libya February 17th | Keeping with the events as they happen

Bahrain, your Libyan brothers and sisters are praying for you

This post is being constantly updated
All times are in Libyan local time GMT +2

06:41 Our brothers and sisters in Bahrain are going through a terribly rough time as I type this. With protesters being attacked in Lulu roundabout, we can only pray that God eases your tribulation and gives you patience and steadfastness through these difficult times. Your Libyan brothers and sisters are thinking about you. We are one, or struggle is one, we will endure it as one and we will emerge victorious as one insha’Allah (God-willing)

05:52 Libyans on a totally different level. Never in our lives have we seen people singing and dancing on the battlefield. Libyans know how to squeeze some morale-boosting time in amongst the shelling and flying bullets. There’s always a first! Translation of main chants: From Benghazi from Tripoli, we are siblings from one home. From Derna from Misratah, we are siblings from one home.

WSJ: Bahrain Declares State Of Emergency, Saudi Soldier Killed - Money - Zawya
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Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011

By Summer Said and Alex Delmar-Morgan    Of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

MANAMA (Dow Jones)—Bahrain declared a state of emergency and a Saudi soldier was shot and killed, a day after Arab Gulf states rushed troops to the island in a bid to quash a growing anti-government uprising.

Bahrain television said King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had proclaimed a three-month state of “national safety.”

And in Riyadh, a Saudi official said a Saudi soldier has been shot dead by a protestor in Bahrain. The official declined to give further details, but said the kingdom was investigating the matter.

In a further escalation of tensions, thousands were expected to march Tuesday on the Saudi embassy in the diplomatic district of Manama in protest over the arrival of foreign troops in Bahrain.

The country has seen violent protests over the last few days between security forces, anti-government and pro-regime loyalists, marking an escalation of tensions in the strategic Arab Gulf state, where a swelling number of protestors have taken control of the key financial district and are calling for the downfall of the monarchy.

(This story and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal website, WSJ.com.)

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

15-03-11 1306GMT

BBC News - Gulf states send force to Bahrain following protests
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Clashes were also reported in the city’s main square and university.

Troops from a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have arrived in Bahrain in response to a request from the small Gulf kingdom, officials say.

It comes a day after the worst violence since seven anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with security forces last month.

Dozens of people were injured on Sunday as protesters pushed back police and barricaded roads.

Bahrain’s opposition said the foreign troops amounted to an occupation.

A Saudi official said about 1,000 Saudi Arabian troops arrived in Bahrain early on Monday.

The troops are part of a Gulf Cooperation Council deployment, a six-nation regional grouping which includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

It is believed they are intended to guard key facilities such as oil and gas installations and financial institutions.

Bahrain’s Shia majority has long complained of discrimination at the hands of the Sunni ruling elite but large-scale protests broke out last month after the the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia were toppled in uprisings.

Libya, Bahrain, China, Ivory Coast, Yemen News Roundup: March 7. | Pantsless Progressive

Here is a news roundup for Libya, Bahrain, China, Ivory Coast, Yemen and other countries for Monday, March 7.

[Previously: March 5-6]

Libya - The People:

Libya - The Regime:

Libya - The International Response:

Bahrain:

China:

Ivory Coast:

Yemen:

Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Zimbabwe:

Other good reads:

ZCommunications | Indonesia – The Worst Example For Revolutions In Arab World by Andre Vltchek | ZNet Article

Writing for CNN, Ann Marie Murphy - an associate professor at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, and an associate fellow at the Asia Society - argued:

 

 Since Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned in the face of widespread demonstrations, attention has shifted to what comes next. Fears have been raised that Egypt’s transition may follow the Iranian path, where the Shah’s overthrow led to a repressive Islamic regime that turned away from the West and became a source of regional instability. Indonesia provides a better analogy for Egypt than Iran. Over the past decade Indonesia, home of the world’s largest community of Muslims, has made a successful transition to democracy that clearly refutes the proposition that Islam and democracy are incompatible…”

 

Did it really? Did it made a successful transition to democracy and did it ‘clearly’ refute the proposition? For approximately 2 decades I traveled this enormous archipelago from Aceh to Ambon and from West Timor to Batam. Anyone who speaks the language and is ready to listen to people would know that one of the main complains of Indonesians is that they are ‘unrepresented’. There is no political force in the country that would call for social justice. All major political parties are pursuing their own political and economic interests.

You can read the whole article on Zcommunications.org which is also a great site about social change in general.

Avaaz - Blackout-proof the protests
Across the Middle East — in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and more countries every day, autocratic regimes are trying to crush unprecedented peaceful protests with brutality and blackouts.

Avaaz is working urgently to “blackout-proof” the protests — with secure satellite modems and phones, tiny video cameras, and portable radio transmitters, plus expert support teams on the ground — to enable activists to broadcast live video feeds even during internet and phone blackouts.

The window for us to deliver this help is closing fast, as regimes are moving quickly to choke off borders and internet connections. Small donations from 25,000 of us would fund critical technology and support teams for those who need it most. Let’s all chip in — donate now: