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EMERGENCY PROTEST at Bahrain Embassy in Washington DC

Call on Kingdom to stop brutal repression of peaceful protests

3502 International Dr. NW, 20008
(Metro Station- Van Ness, UDC Campus)

WHEN : FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2011, 12:00 pm

WHY: On Thursday February 17, the King of Bahrain unleashed his police forces upon sleeping protesters, including women and children sleeping in their tents, in Pearl Square in the middle of the capital. The King had not long ago apologized for his government’s recent murder of two peaceful protesters.

Under fire from rubber-coated bullets, concussion grenades, and birdshot, protesters and their children fled down streets, ruthlessly pursued. The next day, the King asserted that the armed forces had not attacked anyone. But he made no denial concerning his police.

The police claimed that they had warned protesters to leave Pearl Square, but reporters present dispute the word of the police. No warning whatsoever had been given before the firing of ammunition. The local hospital was filled with the injured and the dead. Scores of protesters are still unaccounted for. About 400 protesters who had gathered around the hospital, many directly concerned about loved ones, found themselves again surrounded by police.

In this island kingdom, which still discriminates against its Shiite majority, the US has stationed its large naval headquarters and parleys favor with this shameless despot.

The kingdom takes in much wealth from the American presence.

We who believe in democracy and honest government without hypocrisy must take a stand. That is why on Friday afternoon at noon we will gather at the Embassy of Bahrain to voice our outrage at the killings.

For more information, contact CODEPINK, 415-235-6517.


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