Bahrain protesters rally to demand release of jailed activist Khawaja
Bahraini demonstrators have taken to the streets in the northeastern town of Sitra to demand the release of detained prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Press TV reports
Bahraini demonstrators have taken to the streets in the northeastern town of Sitra to demand the release of detained prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Press TV reports.
Bahrainis held a demonstration in Sitra on Wednesday to express support for Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months.
Khawaja, who holds dual Danish and Bahraini nationality, was given a life sentence in June 2011 over accusations of inciting protests against the Manama regime.
On April 10, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Khawaja is in “critical condition.”
The Bahraini activist was transferred from the interior ministry hospital to a military hospital in the capital Manama on April 6, according to Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
Meanwhile, Saudi-backed Bahraini forces attacked protesters holding an anti-government demonstration Wednesday in the village of Dair, located on the northern coast of the Muharraq Island.
Clashes were also reported on the same day between Bahraini police and protesters in the northern village of Jidhafs and the western village of Malikiyah.
Protesters continue their demonstrations against the US-sponsored Al Khalifa family across the country as regime forces persist with brutal crackdown on peaceful protests.
Bahraini activists say seven people have been killed due to inhalation of toxic tear gas since March 17, 2012. The latest victim was Abdul Rasoul Hassan Ismail, who recently died after inhaling poisonous tear gas fired by regime forces into his house in the northern village of Karbabad.
Anti-regime demonstrators hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of protesters during the popular uprising that began in the Persian Gulf state in February 2011.
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