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Bahrain’s Shias ‘ready for martyrdom’

Posted by on March 15, 2011 0 Comment

Bahraini Shias have said they are ready to sacrifice their lives in defense of the people’s right to hold peaceful protests against the ruling al-Khalifa family in the Persian Gulf state.

They said that the government’s violent crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, followed by the incursion of Saudi and several [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council military forces into the sheikdom won’t quash the peoples’ will for change, Shia Online reported.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar dispatched their armed forces to Bahrain.

The move has concerned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has called for a meaningful and broad-based national dialogue. He has also urged Bahrain’s regional neighbors and the international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reform in Bahrain.

Bahraini opposition groups, including the main bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, denounced the move as an invasion of the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

The United States, which has its Fifth Fleet based there, has declined to call the various military deployments to Bahrain an ‘ incursion’.

At least seven people have lost their lives and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the Bahraini government’s violent crackdown on demonstrators.

Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters are still camping out in Manama’s Pearl Square, which has become the symbol of the popular drive for change.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy in the kingdom and a say in the government are met. Agencies

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