Bahraini protesters march for downfall of regime

People have taken to the streets in Bahrain to call for the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa regime in the Persian Gulf country.

Protesters marched in Manama and several other towns near the capital on Monday.

They also expressed solidarity with imprisoned medics who announced earlier that they had begun a hunger strike.

There were reports of clashes between the protesters and the security forces.

Earlier on the day, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information censured the regime’s use of “excessive force” against peaceful protests in the country.

The five medics, who have been in prison since early October, went on hunger strike on Sunday to urge international efforts for their release.

They were among twenty doctors and nurses who worked in Manama during the uprising against the Al Khalifa regime.

The Bahraini authorities charged the medical workers with using hospitals for anti-government activities, possession of weapons, and theft of medical equipment — claims they denied. The medical workers say the government is only punishing them for treating people who took part in demonstrations. 

Bahrain’s revolution started in mid-February 2011, when demonstrators, inspired by the revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive anti-regime protests.

Dozens of people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown and the security forces have arrested hundreds of protesters.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used ‘excessive force’ in the campaign of suppression and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.

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