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Al Khalifa a hypocritical regime with no legitimacy: Pundit

A file picture taken on October 31, 2013 shows Majeed Milad, a member of the opposition group al-Wefaq Society, holding a document during a press conference in the capital Manama, a day after Bahraini police closed the art exhibition "revolution museum", aimed to document human rights violations perpetrated by the Bahraini regime against opposition activists. (AFP Photo)

Press TV has interviewed Colin Cavell, former lecturer at the University of Bahrain from North Carolina, to get his take about the latest developments in Bahrain.

What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Another opposition figure now in jail for inciting public disobedience. How do you feel about this?

Cavell: Mr. Waqar when they say inciting public disobedience, what they mean is that these speakers like Mr. Milad are calling for peaceful demonstrations towards democracy. So Mr. [Majeed] Milad joins all of the other freedom fighters Mushaima, al-Khawaja, and al-Mahfouz …all of them, who are all calling for peaceful transition towards democracy in Bahrain and simply for urging the people to be peaceful, the government says they are inciting the people to violence.

 So this is hypocrisy on the part of this monarchical regime which has absolutely no legitimacy.

Press TV: You know that is one thing that Bahrainis have prided themselves on the peaceful nature of this uprising against the monarchy. How much longer do you think they hold out when it comes to that because it seems, as you well said that, step by step, person by person they are locking everybody up?

Cavell: Well it seems like if you are a free person in Bahrain, you are in jail. All of the freedom fighters who speak out end up in jail and you cannot put everybody in jail, so; sooner or later the jail walls are going to be busted out, you are going to have no one doing any work in Bahrain. So they all limit how many people they can imprison and the contradictions are buried up.

Press TV: We speak about that a lot Mr. Cavell. How much longer do you think the monarchy can hold out with these kinds of policies?

Cavell:  Well I do not know how much longer the monarchy can hold out, but I do know the people will hold out one day longer.


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