Six US Citizens Arrested in Bahrain Protest

State Dept. Urges 'Restraint' But Declines Comment on Arrests

The Bahraini regime has arrested six US citizens today during a protest march in the capital city of Manama. The protesters were with the group Witness Bahrain, a new organization founded to monitor human rights abuses in Bahrain.

The Bahraini government has so far declined to comment on the latest arrests, but two other US citizens were also captured on Saturday while monitoring another protest in Manama. Those two have been deported.

The Obama Administration has urged “restraint” among the protesters as well as the Bahraini government, but has continued to sell large quantities of weapons to the Bahrani military.

The new protests come one year after the pro-democracy rallies began. During the 2011 protests, large portions of the nation’s population were in the streets. The protesters were crushed when Saudi Arabian troops invaded at the behest of the Bahraini King and martial law was declared. Since then, the king has repeatedly promised reforms but delivered very little, and has amassed troops in anticipation of another round of demonstrations.

Author: Jason Ditz

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