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Bahraini troops attack protesters supporting activist al-Khawaja

10 Apr 2012 12:34

Source : Press TV

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked protesters demanding the release of prominent rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

Bfnews: The regime forces fired teargas and sound grenades to disperse the protesters in several towns and villages around the capital Manama.

Al-Khawaja, who began a hunger strike in early February in protest against his life sentence, is now feared dead, according to his lawyer Mohammed al-Jeshi.

Mohammed al-Jeshi said on Monday that Bahraini authorities have turned down repeated requests to contact him since Sunday and that no information was available on al- Khawaja's health.

Amnesty International has also called for the ‘immediate and unconditional release’ of al-Khawaja, considering him a ‘prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.’

Meanwhile, Bahrainis continue their demonstrations in support of al-Khawaja and against the ruling Al Khalifa family across the country as regime forces go on with the violent crackdown on peaceful protests.

Bahrainis hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of the protesters during the popular uprising in the country that began in February 2011. 

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