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Zahra Al-Shaikh was arrested in Bahrain’s capital Manama on Friday 18 January 2013.

Zahra Al-Shaikh was arrested in Bahrain’s capital Manama on Friday 18 January 2013.

A video has emerged showing Bahrain security forces beating a woman and removing her hijab during an anti-regime protest. The video posted by media outlets on Friday, shows dozens of riot policemen surrounding a woman and dragging her as she screams and cries while bleeding from her mouth. Another video shot from a different angel showed how policemen stripped her of her Hijab. The woman was later identified as Zahra al-Shaikh, an activist who was released from prison in July 2012 after being detained and tortured for taking part in anti-regime protests. Many pictures of Zahra were posted online within hours of the assault; however, users deleted her pictures, which showed her without the Hijab, and instead posted pictures with her hair blackened. Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters. According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested. Despite the foreign-backed clampdown, the Bahraini regime has failed to stop the demonstrations that continue on an almost daily basis. PG/HGH/SS