The attack on peaceful protesters this morning in Pearl Square must be viewed as an attack on the entire international movement that is demanding and end to dictatorship and neo-colonial conditions in North Africa and in the Persian gulf. It is additionally an attack on all who demand social justice no matter where in the world.
Reports are that at least two more protesters have been killed and perhaps over 200 are wounded.
I have received reports that police have surrounded a hospital which is overflowing with wounded protesters, and that medical personnel attending to these protesters have been attacked by police forces.
Bahrain suffers from the triple oppression of an antiquated monarchical political system, from the intervention and control of western imperialism and in particular the United States which maintains over 6,000 naval troops in the island archipelago nation of just over 1,000,000 people, and from the unjust national oppression of over half a million Shia who represent a majority of the country’s population but whom are not fully represented in the government of the country.
An international campaign of outrage must meet these attacks on basic human and democratic rights.