Feb 19, 2011

Is Saudi regime involved in Bahrain clashes?

Is Saudi regime involved in Bahrain clashes?
Bahrain clashes day by day
14 February:
On 14 February, clashes were reported from parts of Bahrain. Helicopters circled over Manama, where protesters were expected to gather in the afternoon; there was also a greater police presence in Shia villages. At least 14 people were injured in clashes overnight and with police having used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse marchers in the mostly Shia village of Newidrat in the country's southwest. The marchers were demanding the release of those detained during earlier protests. After clashes that resulted in one death, of a young Bahraini male named Ali Abdul Hadi Mushaimai protesters were said to have moved to another location with 600-700 continuing protests in the evening. The ministry of Interior expressed its regrets at the incident and announced that the death of the Bahraini citizen will be investigated

15 February:
Police reportedly opened fire during a funeral of a protester killed on 14 February, killing one person and injuring at least 25 others.
The number of protesters increased, and Al Wefaq, the political party that won the largest number of seats (18 out of 40) in the 2006 parliamentary election, officially joined the protests. Al-Wefaq declared it had suspended its participation in the national parliament.
Thousands of protesters managed to gain control of the Manama Pearl Roundabout. Tents were put up to help protesters stay through the night in an effort to copy the scenario in Tahrir square during Egypt's revolts.

16 February:
At about 3:00 am local time, riot police moved in and, using tear gas and batons, dispersed thousands of anti-government protesters in Pearl Square. According to the opposition, three people died in the police operation while 231 sustained injuries. Sporadic clashes broke out around Manama hours after the riot police's attack on the makeshift encampment in the centre of the city. There were also reports of dozens of armoured vehicles moving towards the Pearl Roundabout. According to an Al Jazeera correspondent, hospitals in Manama were full of people injured during the police raid, including "doctors and emergency personnel who were overrun by the police while trying to attend to the wounded."

Saeed al-Shahabi, a leader of the opposition in London, warned the Saudi National Guard against interfering in the country. Reportedly, tens of thousands of Saudi military had entered Bahrain in 1995 to quell an uprising. Later in the day, a state of emergency was imposed.

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