Bahrainis in Mourning after Three Dissents Executed

Jan 17, 2017, 00:21
Bahrainis in Mourning after Three Dissents Executed

"Arab Spring" demonstrations led by Bahrain's Shi'ite majority were crushed by the Sunni-ruled government with help from its Gulf Arab neighbours, deepening sectarian rivalry in the war-damaged region.

On Sunday, protests broke out after the executions - the first to be carried out in the kingdom since 2010 and the first for terrorism since 1996.

It is the first execution to be carried out in Bahrain since a 2011 uprising, led by the country's Shia majority, calling for greater political rights.

Protests and clashes continued Sunday despite a heavy presence of riot police deployed in predominantly Shiite areas. Garbage bins were seen overturned and set alight in the streets.

The Interior Ministry said that a police officer was wounded when several people shot at a police patrol in Bani Jamra, west of the capital, Manama. It gave no further details.

Authorities have dissolved Salman's Al-Wefaq movement, once the largest bloc in Bahrain's parliament, and repeatedly arrested and detained other opposition leaders, including Nabeel Rajab, the founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

The outlawed al-Ashtar Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack in a purported statement, saying the "heroic operation" was a warning to authorities not to harm "brothers sentenced to death".

Amnesty International's Bahrain Deputy Director for Campaigns in Beirut, Samah Hadid said condemned the executions.

Mr Singace's mum said that her son had also been tortured. "The death sentences handed to Ali, Sami and Abbas were based on "confessions" extracted through torture, and the trial an utter sham". Bahraini officials have previously said the government is opposed to any kind of mistreatment and has safeguards in place to prevent it.

Tensions in the Sunni-ruled kingdom have been on the rise since the three men were executed by firing squad on Sunday, a move that drew worldwide condemnation.

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