Bahrain’s Saudi-backed regime forces have used tear gas to disperse peaceful demonstrators who gathered near Manama to demand the release of political prisoners.
The regime forces attacked the protesters who had taken to the streets of Sanad village, south of the capital in yet another show of defiance against the government.
The protest is seen as part of a fresh wave of anti-government protests by Bahraini people, angered by harsh sentences against jailed human rights activists.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Osama Alaradi, president of the Bahraini Medical Association from Detroit, to further discuss the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
First of all ever since the revolution started how much has the revolution in Bahrain progressed?
The most important is that the people of Bahrain had declared what they want. Their objectives are clear. They declared that they want their basic rights and I think the whole world knows what is going on in Bahrain and what the people of Bahrain know and what they want to achieve.
And this is not something that is out of the ordinary. These basic rights that people of Bahrain are calling for-- democracy, freedom, elected government, elected parliament. I think that is one thing that they declared their right clearly to the world. So the world is very much aware of what people of Bahrain want.
In addition to that, their peaceful movement is really clear to the world too and this is amazing I mean compared to what is going on in other countries, people of Bahrain they moved peacefully and they are still insisting on their peaceful movement which is amazing too.
It is really hard for people to be killed, to be abused, to be harassed and despite all that they...This is not happening in any other revolution. So I think people of Bahrain have really been up to the stage and they are up to their demands and they clearly have been peaceful and they are insisting that without those rights they are not going to back up. There is no way that Bahraini people would let go their demands.
Recently we had the UN chief criticizing the ruling given down by the courts to political activists in the country telling the courts to be more just and fair in its rulings and that human rights should be more respected in Bahrain. Just how much do you think the UN chief’s words will be respected?
Well you know at least he said something. We know that this is not enough at all. President Obama said little bit of things. That is not enough at all.
The regime knows and the whole world knows that those people, those political leaders who had been in jail since last year they had been harassed, they had been assaulted, they had been tortured and everyone knows in the world that those who were jailed for life or they had sentence for life or those who have to spend five years, these all have been done and it is an extraordinary situation that no ordinary human life will survive.
They have been tortured; they have been subjected to stow many things to let them to say something in front of the court.
And everyone knows that their only fault is that they wanted their basic rights. So these are not referred to criminality, everyone in the world knows that. What the United Nations president said is nothing new, ever one knows but more action is really needed, more pressure is needed on this government to do real things that the people want. What has been done so far is really not enough and a few words here and there will not do any good to the ongoing suppression and oppression of the Bahraini people.