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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bahrain activists executed for alleged role in bombing..Violent protests erupt

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The authorities said the three faced the firing squad on Sunday. The activists were allegedly involved in a bombing in 20-14 that left three police officers dead. The executions came after a court last week upheld the death sentences given to the trio in 20-15.

Bahrain’s Institute for Rights and Democracy has condemned the execution as a black day in the country’s history. It said the move is a heinous crime and poses a security threat to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. The executions also triggered angry protests in different regions across the country, including the Sanabis and Eker areas. The demonstrators denounced the executions as a crime. Al Khalifah regime forces clashed with demonstrators firing tear gas to disperse them.

Bahraini protesters attacked following activists' execution

Iran, intl. community condemn Bahrain’s execution of three activists

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has lashed out at the Bahraini government for executing three anti-regime Shia activists, saying the Manama regime is liable for any consequences of its action.

Bahrain on Sunday executed three anti-regime Shia activists - Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace - over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.

“Through this injudicious measure, the Bahraini government once again demonstrated that it does not seek a peaceful solution to and a way out of the Bahraini crisis," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.

He added that the Bahraini government is insisting on the use of security and oppressive approaches and the brutal killing of defenseless protesters.

International and human rights bodies and all popular organizations across the world have attested to the lack of transparency in the unfair trial proceedings of the three Bahraini citizens, the Iranian spokesperson said.

He expressed regret that the Bahraini government is blocking any path to political dialogue and negotiations and is leading the country to a “complete political impasse” by intensifying political approaches, imposing restrictions and exerting pressure on leaders of the opposition as well as executing political prisoners.

Qassemi said the executions come as Bahraini people and the country’s political and religious leaders as well as international circles have been underlining the importance of resolving the crisis through dialogue and interaction.

The Manama regime’s execution of the death verdicts triggered angry demonstrations in the villages of Diraz, Bani Jamra and Sanabis.

Regime forces tried to disperse the protesters by firing pellets and tear gas canisters and injuring a number of the demonstrators. Manama’s troops also prevented people from holding a funeral procession for those executed.

On January 9, Bahrain’s Court of Cassation upheld the death penalties given to the three men over allegations of killing a member of Emirati forces, who had been assisting Manama in its suppression of Bahraini protesters, in the northern village of al-Daih back in March 2014. Seven other convicts have also been sentenced to life in prison in the case. The defendants had denied the charges.

Bahrain’s execution of activists clear violation of human rights

Meanwhile, Iranian Parliament speaker's special advisor on international affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said on Sunday that the Manama regime’s execution of the three young Bahraini activists, who had been “democratically crying out popular demands, is a clear violation of human rights.”

He added that global silence in the face of the executions and Bahrain’s complicity with the oppressive and meddlesome policies of Britain and Saudi Arabia have exposed the duplicity of the so-called advocates of human rights in the West and Riyadh.

“Instead of relying on foreigners, the Bahraini government must rely on the wise people of its country,” the senior Iranian official said.

He emphasized that Iran is not meddling with Bahrain’s internal affairs, saying, “We politically and spiritually support the Bahraini people’s legitimate demands, which are in accordance with the United Nations Charter and pursued through the recognized democratic approach.”

Bahrain, Arabs, West responsible for crime against activists: Hezbollah

In a related development, the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has also denounced the killing of three young activists in Bahrain.

In a statement on Sunday, Hezbollah said the Bahraini regime and its Arab and Western supporters are responsible for this crime.

The execution of the three men would result in the failure of all political solutions to the Bahraini crisis, it added.

The movement said the Bahraini people would continue their struggle to achieve all their legitimate rights and demands in defiance of the regime's crackdown.

Bahraini activists’ execution extrajudicial: UN Special Rapporteur

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Agnes Callamard described as extrajudicial the Bahraini regime's execution of the three political detainees.

Callamard said on her official Twitter account that the three Bahraini activists were subjected to torture, terming their trial as unfair and based on flimsy evidence.

On Saturday, she had urged the Bahraini officials to stop the executions.

Activists’ execution closed all doors to political settlement

Head of Bahraini Forum for Human Rights, Youssef Rabih, said execution of the three activists had closed all doors to a political settlement of the conflict in the country, warning that such executions would further complicate the situation in Bahrain.

Rabih also said Al Khalifah is responsible for the current crisis in Bahrain.

Dark day for human rights in Bahrain: Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Campaigns in Beirut, Samah Hadid, also reacted to execution of the young Bahraini activists.

“This is a dark day for human rights in Bahrain. These executions – the first to be carried out since 2010 - are a deeply regressive step for a country whose authorities have repeatedly trumpeted their commitment to human rights,” Hadid said.

“Instead of stepping up executions, Bahrain’s authorities should establish an immediate moratorium on executions,” he said.

Manama has given a heavy-handed security response to peaceful popular protests, which first began in early 2011. The clampdown has cost scores of lives. Later during the popular uprising, the regime called in Saudi and Emirati reinforcements to help it muffle dissent.

Fists rebels Aker ignite armored Al-Khalifa and the injury of a mercenary

The old country rise up to avenge the martyrs executed violent clashes

Bahrain Executions Spark Violent Protests

Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three policemen, sparking violent protests and stoking tensions between the country's majority and its rulers.

The three men faced the firing squad, six days after a court upheld their death sentences over a bomb attack in March 2014, said the prosecutor's office, the Daily Star reported.

It has been rocked by sporadic unrest since March 2011 when security forces brutally crushed an Arab awakening-inspired uprising.

The executions triggered protests in the villages, where demonstrators blocked roads with burning tires and police retaliated by firing tear gas, according to posts on social media.

Pictures shared online by activists also showed relatives of those executed weeping over their deaths.

Authorities in Bahrain do not permit international news agencies to cover events independently.

The executions came a day after demonstrations broke out across villages following some reports that they were going to be put to death.

They are the first in six years in the Persian Gulf kingdom, according to London-based human rights group, Reprieve.

"It is nothing short of an outrage and a disgraceful breach of international law that Bahrain has gone ahead with these executions," Reprieve director Maya Foa said in a statement.

Reprieve said the executions went ahead "despite serious concerns that their convictions were based on evidence obtained under torture."

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, head of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, said: "This is a black day in Bahrain's history."

"It is the most heinous crime committed by the government of Bahrain and a shame upon its rulers," he said.

Scores of men and women had taken to the streets Saturday after the families of the three were summoned to meet them in prison, a measure that usually precedes the implementation of death sentences, witnesses said.

"No, no to execution," the protesters chanted.

The high court Monday upheld the death sentences against the trio convicted in a bomb attack in March 2014, which killed three policemen, including the officer from the United Arab Emirates.

The executed men have been named by activists as Sami Mushaima, 42, Ali al-Singace, 21, and Abbas al-Samea, 27.

Seven other defendants received life terms.

Bahrain is a strategic ally of the United States and home to the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Lebanon's Hezbollah slammed the executions of the "innocent" men as "part of the big crime committed by the regime against the Bahraini people."

"It is clear that this execution will destroy every chance for a political exit out of Bahrain's crisis, and leads the country into an unknown future, threatening stability in Bahrain and the whole region," said the Iranian-backed Shiite movement.

Since the 2011 uprising, Bahrain has arrested and put on trial hundreds of Shiites and cracked down hard on the opposition, despite repeated appeals by international rights groups.

Cleric Ali Salman, the head of Al-Wefaq largest opposition group, was arrested in December 2014 and subsequently sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of inciting hatred.

Bahraini Activists: Execution of Political Prisoners Leads to Armed Struggle, Al-Khalifa Takes Order from Riyadh

Several Bahraini activists condemned the execution of three political prisoners, and warned that such measures will force dissidents to pick up arms against al-Khalifa regime.

"The al-Khalifa regime's execution of three Bahraini political activists this morning will lead to armed struggle against the regime," Ibrahim al-Qarifi told FNA on Sunday.

Also, Ali al-Laban, a dissident Bahraini figure, described execution of the three young Bahraini activists as a sign of the government's state of confusion and its retaliatory and terrorist tendencies, and said, "The al-Khalifa implements orders of Saudi Arabia which is after bloody sectarian seductions in the region."

Meantime, Bahrain's February 14 Revolution Coalition in a statement on Sunday condemned the country's government for execution of the three political prisoners, and called on the Bahraini people to hold protest rallies in the streets and move towards al-Sanabes and adjacent areas to show allegiance to the martyrs' bloods.

Also, Head of Bahrain's Human Rights Association Yousef Rabi'e viewed execution of the political inmates as al-Khalifa's unwise move, and said, "This will further complicate the situation in Bahrain and blocks all political solutions to the problems in the country."

Bahrain executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.

The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday in defiance of ongoing protest rallies across the kingdom. The rallies began on Saturday and lasted into Sunday, when the outraged public marched across the capital Manama and the Northeastern villages of Nuwaidrat and al-Dair after the morning prayers.

Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, calling on the al-Khalifa rulers to relinquish power.

In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, themselves repressive Arab regimes, were deployed to the country to assist Manama in its crackdown on protests. Hundreds of Bahraini activists have been imprisoned and suppressed.

On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, less than a week after suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Qassim, and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.

Over the past few weeks, demonstrators have held sit-in protests outside Sheikh Qassim’s home to denounce his citizenship removal.

Bahrain has also sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, another revered opposition cleric, to nine years in prison on charges of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers, which he has denied.

Sheikh Salman was the secretary general of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which was Bahrain’s main opposition bloc before being dissolved by the regime.

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