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On jailed activist’s birthday, daughter screams outside his prison – and is arrested

 
Zainab Al-Khawaja, well known on Twitter as @angryarabiya, was arrested Thursday night in Manama as she screamed outside the prison where her father is incarcerated, her lawyer reported. Her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, was on day 57 of a hunger strike; it was also his birthday. Read more...
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Protesters aren't the only ones throwing Molotov cocktails – now the police are

 
Homemade firebombs, also known as Molotov cocktails, are usually the reserve of those who don't have access to standard weapons. Lately, however, Bahraini police, better known for their liberal use of tear gas against protesters, have also taken to throwing Molotov cocktails. Read more...

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Security forces clash with protesters trying to reach symbolic Pearl Square

 
Using rubber bullets and tear gas, security forces rebuffed protesters who tried to reach Manama’s iconic Pearl Square Friday afternoon. Several hundred protesters had branched off from an earlier massive protest, during which security forces had not intervened. Our Observer, who was among the protesters, tells us why Pearl Square is so important to the opposition. Read more...

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‘Nothing has changed’ as Bahraini police thwart anniversary protest

 
Protesters made repeated attempts to retake Bahrain’s symbolic Pearl Square in the capital Manama on Tuesday to mark one year since anti-government demonstrations first erupted in the country. Despite sustained marches over the past year, our Observer says that none of the protesters demands have been met, and that the situation in the country has actually deteriorated. Read more...

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Bahrain: Use of tear gas intensifies, seeps into homes

 
As protests continue in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain, the police keep bombarding dissenters with tear gas, which local residents say is now getting both stronger and thicker. It’s not only affecting just protesters, either – tear gas is getting into people’s homes. For many, it’s now becoming part of everyday life. Read more…

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Bahraini mourners smoked out of wake with teargas

 
Mourners attending a wake at a private residence in the central Bahraini village of Aali were forced to clamber through windows to escape teargas this weekend after being attacked by security forces. According to our Observer, who attended the wake, the security forces’ reaction was sparked by fear that the vigil could turn into an anti-government protest. Watch the video...
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Protesters and Bahraini police clash after funeral procession

 
Several hundred people from Bahrain's capital Manama marched on the city’s Pearl Square Friday after attending the nearby funeral of Ali Hassan Al Daihi – father of prominent opposition figure Sheikh Hussain Al Daihi. According to our Observer, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the procession. Read more…
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“People are going to revolt even more” after teenager killed in Bahrain protest

 
A fourteen-year-old boy died on Wednesday after being wounded in an anti-government demonstration on the island of Sitra, in Bahrain. Protest organizers say he was killed by a tear gas canister reportedly shot directly at him by police. According to our Observers, this incident could spark a new wave of protests in the country. Read more...

Saudi troops quietly pull out of Bahrain after crackdown on anti-government protests

 
On the night of March 13, Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) troops marched into the small Gulf kingdom of Bahrain in a bid to help local security forces quash weeks of violent anti-government protests. More than three months later, they have successfully completed their mission, and while their arrival in the country caused great fanfare, the Saudis’ quiet exit has gone almost completely unnoticed. Read more...
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