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Bahraini police disperse crowd of hunger striker’s supporters (PHOTOS)


Bahraini police have once again brutally dispersed a crowd of protesters calling for the release of a jailed activist serving a life sentence. Witnesses say the Bahraini security forces used tear gas and water cannons against the demonstrators.

­The protesters attempted to march toward the heavily guarded and razor wired Pearl Square – the “Bahraini Tahrir” – in the capital, Manama. They were calling for hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was jailed during the beginning of the uprising last year, to be released.

Al-Khawaja is now on his 11th week of a hunger strike in protest of the sentence.

Meanwhile, a Bahraini court has further delayed Al-Khawaja’s and other imprisoned activists’ appeal hearings, though authorities had promised to review the sentences.

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