March 8, New York
AFP and Reuters reported on a news conference held at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama Bahrain Groups including Al Haq, Al Wafa Islamic Society and the Bahrain Freedom Movement announced that they have joined together to call for the formation of a Democratic Republic in Bahrain. The demand represents an escalation of the struggle for human rights democratic governance and national sovereignty in this small island nation in the Persian Gulf.
News of the announcement was also posted by Bahrain Center for Human Rights President Nabeel Rajab on his Facebook Page.
AFP reported the following statement by Haq leader Hassan Mashaima. “We hereby declare a tripartite coalition between the Wafa, Haq and Bahrain Freedom Movement that has chosen to fight for a complete downfall of the regime, and the establishment of a democratic republic in Bahrain,” by Haq leader Hassan Mashaima.
“The coalition believes that the main demand of the popular revolution is the downfall of the current oppressive regime and the establishment of a democratic republic that expresses the desires of the people,” it said.
“The coalition believes that the resistance should escalate peacefully using diversified means across the entire length of Bahrain,” it added.
Nearly daily mass demonstrations in Bahrain over the past several weeks have been lead by a group of seven organizations which include the larger Wefaq organization have called for democratic reform and the formation of a constitutional monarchy but have stopped short of demanding the ouster of the Monarchial government ruled by the Al Kalifa family.
The groups called for peaceful change through civil disobedience and civil resistance.
The formation of the Coalition does not seem to represent an end to ongoing cooperation amongst all groups demanding democratic change in Bahrain.