Anti-Regime Rally Held in Bahrain, Talks Fail
to Appease Opposition
July 31, 2011
Anti-regime rally held in N Bahrain
Press TV, Sunday, July 31, 2011 6:48AM GMT
Anti-government protesters have held another rally in northern
Bahrain, despite the regime's continuing crackdown on demonstrations.
The demonstrators in the northern village of Dair called on the
ruling al-Khalifa regime to free all those Bahrainis detained during
months of protests.
The protesters also rejected the results of
the regime-backed “National Consensus Dialog” in Bahrain.
countrywide anti-regime revolution, Manama launched the talks on July 2
with the alleged aim of introducing reforms in the governing system of
the Persian Gulf sheikdom.
The largest Bahraini opposition group,
al-Wefaq, quit the national talks in protest, saying the views and the
demands of the opposition were ignored and the talks were dominated by
Al-Wefaq said that the opposition
has been given too small a fraction of the seats -- 35 out of 300 -- at
Also on Friday, tens of thousands of Bahrainis took to
the streets outside the capital city of Manama to condemn the results of
the national dialogue, saying it had failed to address the people's
demands and to bring real democratic reforms in the Middle Eastern
In February, massive protests broke out in Bahrain, with
people taking to the streets and calling for a constitutional monarchy
-- a demand that later turned into calls for the regime's downfall.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed military forces
to Bahrain in mid-March to assist the Bahraini government in its brutal
crackdown on the popular protests.
Bahrainis have nevertheless
pledged to keep up their protests until their demands are met.
Bahrain talks fail to appease opposition
Press TV, Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:40PM GMT
A Bahraini woman flashes the victory sign during an anti-government
rally in the Bahraini capital, Manama, Friday, July 22, 2011. Bahrain's
so-called national dialog has failed to appease the country's opposition
amid rising concerns over the government's determination to carve out a
balanced solution out of the current crisis in the Persian Gulf
The Bahraini opposition voiced frustration at the
“National Consensus Dialog” with the government after the country's
largest opposition party, al-Wefaq, left the negotiations, Reuters
reported on Thursday.
Critics say al-Wefaq's departure has almost
drained the talks of their intended weight.
anti-regime revolution, Manama launched the talks on July 2 with the
alleged aim of introducing reforms in governing system of the Persian
Bahrain's largest party and opposition group al-Wefaq
quit the negotiations, complaining that since their onset, the
government had been trying to muffle the voice of the opposition.
Al-Wefaq regretted that the opposition has been given too small a
fraction of the seats -- 35 out of 300 -- at the talks.
reform package forwarded by the Manama government has also been attacked
for failing to curb the powers of the upper house -- in which ministers
are directly appointed by the country's king. It is also blamed for
stopping short of giving greater legislative and monitoring powers to
Bahrain's National Dialog Committee said the
parties at the talks “did not agree on whether the Shura Council (the
upper house) should be granted the same powers as the parliament, and
whether the responsibility for lawmaking and oversight should be
restricted to the elected chamber.”
It also said that “delegates
did not reach consensus on a number of further suggestions, such as
limiting the term for ministers and head of government or a fixed quota
for women in parliament.”
Tens of thousands of Bahraini
protesters have been holding peaceful anti-government rallies throughout
the country since February, demanding an end to rule of the al-Khalifa
Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested
and tortured in prisons in a government-sanctioned crackdowns on the
peaceful protesters since the beginning of the demonstrations.
The Bahraini government is, meanwhile, being constantly backed by the
United States despite its record of human rights abuse and the numerous
complaints lodged against it at The Hague.
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