Skip to content

Bahrain: An Escalation of Bloodshed

by Finian Cunningham

Manama, February 19, 2011. Bahrains capital, Manama, descended into scenes of bloody chaos last night after the kingdoms army opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters near one of the citys main hospitals.

Medics at Al Salmaniya Hospital said they were overwhelmed with the number of casualties, with over 100 people being admitted suffering gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. As doctors struggled to tend to victims, the entrance of the hospital was thronged with angry protesters denouncing King Hamad Al Khalifa and his regime.

The number of dead was put at between 10 and 30, but amid scenes of pandemonium it was difficult to establish the full extent of fatalities and injuries. There were also claims that paramedics were being prevented by state security forces from attending to the wounded as they lay on the streets in front of army tanks.

One doctor at Al Salmaniya said: This is a massacre. We need international help. Can the world bear this? This is like a war zone, we cannot cope. He said that the army was shooting to kill because most of the injured had suffered shots to the head and chest.

His pleas for international intervention were echoed by human rights activists and opposition MPs, who said that they were shocked by the brutality inflicted by state security forces.

The latest violence erupted yesterday after the funerals for four people who were killed by state forces in the early hours of Thursday at a large anti-government rally at the Pearl Monument adjacent to Manamas financial centre.  Following the funerals, thousands of mourners were making their way to a mosque near Salmaniya Hospital for evening prayers. At around sunset, 6pm local time, the crowds were met by Bahriani Defence Force tanks that had already assembled in the vicinity. Witnesses said the mourners were proceeding peacefully when the army opened fire, with claims that snipers and soldiers using machineguns were deployed.

Najab Rajab, of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, said all the shots fired were live rounds. No plastic bullets or tear gas were used to disperse the crowd.

This is shame on the ruling elite who has used the army to kill their own people, he said. These people were peaceful and the army is killing them.

Khalil al Marzouq, an opposition MP, called on the United Nations to intervene to protect the people. Peaceful people are being killed on the streets like animals, he said.

Al Marzouq asked: What is the United States doing about this? pointing out that the US Fifth Fleet navy is based in Bahrain, with thousands of personnel stationed only a few kilometers from the scenes of mayhem unfolding on the streets of Manama.

Bahrain is the latest country in the Middle East to have witnessed a popular uprising against its rulers. There were protests yesterday in Yemen, Jordan and Libya, emulating the popular movements in Tunisia and Egypt, which have ousted the US-backed leaders in those countries.

But Bahrains violence has a foreboding element that could elicit even greater bloodshed. Already the casualties, proportionate to its small population of perhaps 600,000 indigenous people, are set to overtake those of Egypt, for example, where some 300 people out of a total population of 80 million were killed in recent anti-government protests.

The Bahraini army and police forces are largely made up of expatriates from Jordan, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen. Unlike Egypt, where the army was seen to be reluctant to turn its guns on the people, it is feared that the Bahraini Defence Forces will not display such restraint.

As many more funerals take place in Bahrain later this week from the latest violence, the Persian Gulf country is in danger of witnessing an escalation of bloodshed.

View the original article at Global Research

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in Health Care, Middle East, Politics.

Tagged with , , , , , .

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's all happening now big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale". This site must be on some list at GCHQ/NSA as my AdSense revenue which I rely on has gone down by a third. Either people are not helping out by visiting sponsors sanymore or I am being blackballed like many YouTube sites.

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally I know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know some people in prison now for the content they had on their "secret private group". Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer Wickr. If you really need to, buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA/GCHQ to hack into. Ensure it has no GPS tracking on it and that the battery can be removed. These are usually built for old people to get used to technology storing only a set of numbers to call. However they have no games, applications to install or other ways people can exploit the computer tracking device you carry round with you most of the day - your smart phone. If you are paranoid ensure that you can remove the battery when travelling around and do so to prevent GPS tracking or phone mast triangulation. Even with your phone in Flight mode or turned off, it can be turned on remotely and any features like front or back cameras, microphones and keylogging software can be installed to trace you.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering rubbish) then I could REALLY do with some..

Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box and throw a few pound my way each month, it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why.


Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material.

Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and tag any tweets with alternative news from the mainstream with the #altnews hashtag I created to keep it alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?