Breaking News

Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:11AM
Bahrainis run for cover from the teargas fired by regime troops in the village of Belad al-Qadeem in a suburb of Manama on June 2, 2012 during a demonstration in solidarity with political prisoners.

Bahrainis run for cover from the teargas fired by regime troops in the village of Belad al-Qadeem in a suburb of Manama on June 2, 2012 during a demonstration in solidarity with political prisoners.

Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets on anti-regime protesters to disperse them in , leaving dozens injured. The anti-regime protesters on Wednesday took to the streets in several villages across the kingdom in solidarity with political prisoners including jailed cleric Sheikh Abdul Jalil al-Meghdad. The cleric is charged with plotting to overthrow the Al Khalifa regime. Bahrainis continue anti-government demonstrations across the country despite the Manama regime’s crackdown. Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. Bahraini demonstrators hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of protesters during the popular uprising. MSH/GHN/MA