Bahrainis protest regime’s detention of activists

Fresh protests have hit different areas across Bahrain with the protesters condemning the regime’s detention of pro-democracy female activists.

On Sunday, the protesters took to the streets in the northeastern island of Sitra, the nearby area of Eker, and the villages of Samaheej and Tubli to demand an immediate release of female protesters arrested at their homes over the past few days.

In Eker, the Bahraini regime forces fired teargas to disperse the protesters.

Similar protests were also organized on Friday in Sitra, and in the villages of Samaheej, Malkiya, and Abu Saiba.

The regime arrested 13 female activists for expressing their disagreement with the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Persian Gulf state. Two of them have been released and the other 11 are still in custody.

Most of the female activists were arrested last week after the Bahraini interior ministry accused them of “preparing an anti-regime referendum on the day of the legislative elections,” AFP quoted an activist, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The activist further noted that a number of men were also arrested.

The regime plans to hold the elections on November 22, despite ongoing protests against the ruling Al Khalifa family.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling on the royal family to relinquish power.

In March 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to Bahrain to help Manama quash the anti-regime protests.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

The Persian Gulf Arab state has been under criticism by human rights groups for its harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters.

In June, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights censured the Manama regime for human rights violations. A total of 46 members of the international body expressed deep concern over the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

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