Prominent Rights Activist Detained in Bahrain

  • News Code : 402510
  • Source : FNA
A prominent human rights activist was arrested by Bahraini security forces during the latest popular protest in the tiny Persian Gulf island against Manama's suppressive regime.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Saudi-backed Bahraini forces arrested Yousif al-Muhafdah while he was taking part in a protest held in the village of Saar, West of the capital, Manama, on Saturday. 

The protest turned violent when regime forces attempted to prevent the demonstrators from marching toward a nearby village by setting up road blocks and firing tear gas at the crowd. 

The protesters were reportedly trying to reach the house of the rights activist Nabeel Rajab in the village of Bani Jamrah, press tv reported. 

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule. 

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors. 

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

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