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Anti-regime rally held in N Bahrain

Posted by seumasach on July 31, 2011


31st July, 2011

Anti-government protesters have held another rally in northern Bahrain, despite the regime’s continuing crackdown on demonstrations.

The demonstrators in the northern village of Dair called on the ruling al-Khalifa regime to free all those Bahrainis detained during months of protests.

The protesters also rejected the results of the regime-backed “National Consensus Dialog” in Bahrain.

Facing countrywide anti-regime revolution, Manama launched the talks on July 2 with the alleged aim of introducing reforms in the governing system of the Persian Gulf sheikdom.

The largest Bahraini opposition group, al-Wefaq, quit the national talks in protest, saying the views and the demands of the opposition were ignored and the talks were dominated by pro-government representatives.

Al-Wefaq said that the opposition has been given too small a fraction of the seats — 35 out of 300 — at the talks.

Also on Friday, tens of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets outside the capital city of Manama to condemn the results of the national dialogue, saying it had failed to address the people’s demands and to bring real democratic reforms in the Middle Eastern country.

In February, massive protests broke out in Bahrain, with people taking to the streets and calling for a constitutional monarchy — a demand that later turned into calls for the regime’s downfall.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed military forces to Bahrain in mid-March to assist the Bahraini government in its brutal crackdown on the popular protests.

Bahrainis have nevertheless pledged to keep up their protests until their demands are met.

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