Solidarity with Bahrain

More than a hundred Bahrainis began a hunger strike last week.  Many of those were medical personnel who had been imprisoned since March 2011 and are still facing trail in a military court on the 26th September.  Around the world, and particularly in Ireland, demands for the release of the doctors has been growing.  This has included Irish doctors going on hunger strike to show solidarity with the Bahraini doctors and there was news about Australian doctors and Bahraini medical doctors in Australia staging a hunger strike in front of the American Embassy in Sydney.
At a special hearing on Wednesday, 11 doctors who are charged with participating in efforts to overthrown the regime’ were released on bail.  Check out this great Global Voices link with videos.

And in the sort of parallel universe that the government exists in, the Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs,  Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, said that  “ the Kingdom of Bahrain is witnessing a great democratic development that will contribute in boosting the reform process of His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa”.  “The minister affirmed that the government was always willing to talk to all, including the opposition. This is part of the unending process of dialogue initiated by His Majesty the King.”

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