Al-Asaiah, the hardline faction in the ruling Bahraini parliament bloc, has publicly denounced the opposition al-Wefaq Party as traitors, saying that WikiLeaks cables detailing meetings with US diplomats prove the group intended to betray the nation.
Al-Wefaq held the largest number of seats in Bahrain’s parliament, and was massively influential among the Shi’ite majority. When the pro-democracy rallies began, al-Wefaq was seen as a key party, and in the midst of violent crackdowns against the protesters all of the group’s MPs resigned in protest.
Members of Wefaq have faced arrest in the wake of the protests, and the government openly flirted with a public ban. Interestingly enough, at the time the justification was that the group, and indeed the whole “democracy” thing, were insidious exports from Iran.
Now, Asaiah seems to be hoping to play the anti-US card as well, accusing Wefaq of being “in the lap of the Americans.” It is an interesting strategy given US ambivalence about the Saudi-led invasion of Bahrain to help crush the pro-democracy rallies, but with officials looking for any excuse possible to move against the Shi’ite political faction more aggressively, it seems anything will be attempted.
4 thoughts on “Bahrain MPs Demand Treason Charges Against Opposition, Citing WikiLeaks”
Bahrain is a criminal enterprise, keeping its majority population in the apartheid lock-down. The uprising showed the real nature of the regime, and there is no way they can recover respect.
So, if merely meeting with American diplomats is an act of treason, what do they think about the decision to allow the American 5th Fleet to be headquartered there?
(It also shows that the US is ever ready to switch sides if its current puppet cannot make it and if a suitable substitute can be found. Hence the US policy for Egypt.)
So where are the calls within the UN for a magical "no fly zone" that will target invading Saudi's? Hmmm? Curiously our state-controlled major media is mute on this and other state-sanctioned evils. So long as you stay on the Imperial road map you have nothing to fear from Uncle Scam but veer off and "watch out!"… it'll be bombs away.
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