'US has nothing to say about Bahrain'
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:29:40 GMT
The United States has “nothing to say” about the Bahraini government's brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters, an article in Austria's largest newspaper says.
The article, published on April 29 in the Kronen Zeitung daily, denounced Washington's policy about the situation in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
The deadly clampdown on the demonstrators, detentions, trials, death sentences and searching for those injured and the doctors training them continues in the kingdom, the article wrote.
There are no eyes watching the brutalities by the Bahraini government forces and it is no surprise because the US has nothing to say about the developments in the country despite taking stances in Libya and Syria. Bahrain is the base of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, the article continues.
More than 6,000 US military personnel and contractors are located in the US Fifth Fleet, a major logistics hub for the US Navy ships.
People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.
Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.
Bahraini forces have cracked down on the anti-regime protesters with the help of Saudi, the UAE and Kuwaiti troops.
Activists say scores of people have been killed in the protests. Many journalists, bloggers, doctors, lawyers and opposition activists have been arrested.
Last week, a military court in Bahrain sentenced four anti-government protesters to death and three others to life in prison for their alleged involvement in the killing of two police officers.
Bahrain's Center for Human Rights says the charges brought against the four protesters are politically motivated and rights activists have questioned the trial's legality.