IRAN: Iran Women Protest Bahrain Crackdown

Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Iranian women will take to the streets in a show of solidarity with Bahraini women who are continually falling victim to violation of government forces.

The protest rally will be held on Friday “upon repeated calls from Iranian women organizations and communities and in line with condemnation of the deplorable killing of innocent Muslims in Bahrain,” the Council for Coordination of Islamic Development said in a statement, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

The demonstration will above all condemn the killing, abuse and torture of Bahraini women by Saudi-backed security forces loyal to Al Khalifa royal family.

The council called on all Iranian people, women in particular, to stage their support for the Bahraini people and turn out to condemn the continued crimes against humanity in Bahrain.

Destruction of mosques, burning copies of the Holy Qur'an and assaulting women are among the inhuman acts by Saudi and Bahraini forces in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The violence against protesters has sparked an outrage among Muslims and human rights activists across the globe while the United Nations and other international institutions have failed to take any measure to stop the violations of human rights in Bahrain.

Tens of protesters have been killed and scores of others injured in government crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations since the uprising began in Bahrain in mid February.

Many journalists, bloggers, doctors, lawyers and opposition activists have also been arrested as part of a widespread campaign to quash anti-regime protests in the country.

Protesters, who demand an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty, have vowed to continue their street rallies until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.