Bahrainis protest to show solidarity with female prisoners

Published May 1st, 2014 - 05:47 GMT

Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in Bahrain to voice their solidarity with female prisoners jailed by the Al Khalifa government.

The demonstrators shouted anti-regime slogans during the protest held in the northeastern island of Sitra on Wednesday.

They expressed support for women held in prisons as part of the regime’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

A similar demonstration was held in the village of Sanabis, west of the capital Manama.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

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