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Bahraini hunger striker hospitalized
Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA), Jalila al-Salman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:42AM
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A female Bahraini prisoner on hunger strike has been transferred to a hospital after her grave health conditions deteriorated.

Vice President of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA), Jalila al-Salman, was hospitalized on Tuesday with chest pains following a 10-day hunger strike to protest her continuing torture and ill treatment while in custody, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Salman is among several board members of BTA arrested in Manama after the group called for a teachers' strike amid wide-scale anti-government protests in March.

On Saturday, the Bahraini regime fired some 14 university teachers for taking part in demonstrations against the ruling Al Khalifa family.

Since the beginning of Bahrain's revolution, large numbers of anti-government protesters have poured into the streets across the Persian Gulf state, demanding more rights, freedom and wide-ranging political reforms in the political system of their country.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the harsh government clampdown on peaceful demonstrations.

According to Bahrain Center for Human Rights -- a non-governmental organization -- there are currently over 1,000 political detainees inside the country.

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