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‘Saudis declaring war against Bahrainis’

Posted by seumasach on March 15, 2011


14th March, 2011

“What we see today is a declaration of war [against] unarmed civilians, whose only crime is to engage in a peaceful revolution, to determine their own destiny,” Saeed al-Shehabi told Press TV on Monday.

“If they (Saudi Arabia) continue their presence then that is, according to all opposition groups within Bahrain and outside, nothing but a declaration of war against the country,” the opposition leader added.

Shehabi deplored, “This is a sad day, not only for Bahrain, but for the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), because that alliance is supposed to be looking after the affairs of the people of that region, not to wage wars against the other countries.”

“It is astonishing to see the biggest country in this alliance invading a small country and other countries are joining in,” he noted.

Shehabi argued, “According to the charter of ([P]GCC), one country can ask for the support of another country within that alliance only in case of an external aggression against it.

“In the case of Bahrain, we have no external aggression; we have only internal problems that should be settled within the country itself, not by invasions.”

On Monday, Bahrain’s fellow members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar — dispatched their armed forces to the Persian Gulf island at Manama’s request to quell countrywide protests at the Sunni-led monarchy’s suppression of the Shia majority.

Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, tens of thousands of Bahrainis have poured into the streets in the capital Manama since mid-February, calling for an end to Al-Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost two centuries.

Demonstrators are keeping vigil in hundreds of tents in Manama’s Pearl Square, which has become the epicenter of anti-government protests.

At least 7 people have been killed so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain.

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