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Bahrain crackdown targets small kids
Sun, 01 May 2011 18:22:30 GMT
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A six-year old child has been suffocated by tear gas while he was reportedly running from the Security Forces in Bahrain.

Press TV interviewed Bahraini Center for Human Rights Leader Saeed Shehabi about the atrocities being committed in the country against unarmed citizens including children.

Press TV: A six-year old has been killed by Security Forces in Bahrain. Where is the international outcry? There has been no solid reaction from the world regarding what has happened in Bahrain lately.

Shehabi: I think this problem will continue for some time. The international powers on one hand say that protesters must be allowed to protest freely, but, on the other hand, [they say] not in Bahrain. So they would like to have people protesting as a right but not in Bahrain. This is why in the past 24 hours a lot of debates have been taking place here in London because of the invitation of the Bahraini Ambassador to London who is accused of serious accounts of torture.

Even today, about half an hour ago, I was listening to a program on BBC, and the public and journalists were complaining about how the royal family could invite the Ambassador of Bahrain who is a killer, a torturer and whose government is shooting people in the streets. But they did not invite Gordon Brown or Tony Blair to the wedding. So there is a feeling among the international elite that Bahrain is a special case in the eyes of the United States and Britain.

This is why the rulers of Bahrain (Al Khalifa) are treating the people with impunity. They can kill, they can maim and fire tear gas on demonstrators as happened last night. And of course was the result of the massacre of this young child who was only six years of age. You hear nothing from the White House. It's business as usual.

Press TV: Speaking of the White House, you mentioned just earlier on, Bahrain is home to the US 5th Fleet. Apparently the US obviously has special interest in the country. Saudi Arabia has sent troops to help the Bahrain regime crackdown on the protesters. What will regime change in Bahrain if and when it happens, mean strategically to the United States and Saudi Arabia?

Shehabi: Well to the Saudis of course it would be a devastating blow. They don't want any revolution in the Arab world let alone in Bahrain. They want to continue this hereditary dictatorship for as long as possible. They don't want to change. They don't want their autocratic regime to improve or to reform itself. As for the Americans, they have always used this as an excuse for not acting against the doctorial regime.

However, I don't think if the regime in Bahrain changes they will be independent in the region. They have always belonged to the West whether it's from the Arab side or the Persian side. Why should they continue supporting these doctorial systems? I think there are different motives for opposing the revolution in Bahrain, and for supporting dictatorships and the killings. They don't want the Muslims to become a modern united front, which is ruled by people representing the community through fair elections. This is the case in several countries such as Egypt and Turkey.

These representative governments are not wanted because they believe that their interests have always been aligned with dictatorships and not democratic regimes.


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