Activist Blasts US Media Silence on Bahrain Events
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Bahraini activist Thursday said that through censorship the US media are trying to conceal the facts on the people’s revolution in Bahrain as well as on the Islamic Awakening Movement in the region.
“The US officials are leading the western media blackout on developments in Bahrain, because they do not want the world nations to hear about the developments and the awakening movement in the Persian Gulf region,” Rashed al-Rashed, a Bahrain activist and one of the leaders of his country’s revolution, told Tasnim today.
There is no democracy in the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region, and these "dictatorial regimes" are against their own people.
The US has, due to strategic and oil-related factors, a strong presence in the region and "imposed news censorship on regional developments and popular movemnets," the activist noted.
Bahrain was rocked by massive popular protests in 2011. Although the government, backed by Saudi Arabia, managed to suppress the protests very quickly, security forces continue to attack peaceful protesters who want an and to the rule of Al Khalife royal dynasty.
Tens of protesters have been killed in Bahrain since anti-regime protests erupted in February 2011, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.
Young protesters frequently take to the streets in Manama and villages surrounding the capital.
On Wednesday, a prominent Bahraini political leader said people of his country are after reform in the political structure of the Persian Gulf state, with an emphasis on establishment of a law-abiding government.
“We demand change in the country’s political structure from a dictatorial regime to a law-abiding government,” Hadi al-Musawi, an official with Bahrain's main opposition group, al-Wefaq, told Tasnim.
The Bahraini activist also noted that government in a law-abiding political structure should be formed through elections and “bring security for the entire citizens” in the Arab country.