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.