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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Rocks fly at court demonstration

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I've just came back from the demonstration outside Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja's court session today. Things got slightly out of hand this time. The supporters were not allowed to go in to the building. Tempers were raised, pushes turned to shoves, sticks and stones were thrown, and the goons (read "riot police") came out and sprayed the crowd with mace. The crowd dispersed and then came back even angrier than before with sticks and rocks in their hands, but the community elders finally managed to calm them down before any damage was done. Somehow there were no injuries on either side, thankfully (but my eyes, nose and throat are still slightly stinging from that damned mace). Unfortunately, I have no idea what happened inside the courtroom, but I'll try and find out.

That was a summary, and I'll have a full write-up for you later this evening. In the meanwhile have a look at some of the photos I took (more to come later).

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10 Responses to 'Rocks fly at court demonstration'

Anonymous Anonymous says:

Where the supporters not allowed in because the court room was full or was it a closed court? Did any of the people doing the pushing, shoving and rock throwing experiance the sound of "click click" ie HANDCUFFS?

These are important questions that will help explain if the actions by the goon squad was heavy handed or not.

Judges in the US can and will close a court session to the public IF the people viewing the session do not behave themselves.


Anonymous Anonymous says:

No it was not a closed court. Only 10 members were allowed into the court room. The problem occured when people were not allowed to enter the entire building, ie forced to stay outside.

As you can see from this photo:


Untrained riot police used CS/mace spray unnecessarily to disperse the 'fasting' protestors which only caused confusion and chaos.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

this is a typical third world problem
everyone wont power and nobody got something
Ze Henris    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/20/2004 08:59:00 pm

Great Footwork, Chan'ad!

It's good to get a ground's-eye view of the proceedings!

Keep it up!

Desert Island Boy    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/20/2004 09:51:00 pm

There is more coverage on montadayat.org/

It is in Arabic, and I don't assume that all of your readers can understand it.

It seems like these pictures are making the rounds on the net. Also, the signs look very very familiar. Clearly they seem very well organized and it probably wouldn't be too difficult to find out when the next gathering will be.

Take care

Desert Island Boy    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/20/2004 11:04:00 pm

before anyone starts jumping to conclusions... just wanna' say that these cops are not Bahraini, some of them are Jordanian and some Egyptian, i repeat they are not local cops!

The local cops in the al-khawajah affair only form the top ranks mainly 1st & 2nd.

~your socurce from inside the ongoing events~    

Blogger Chanad says:
10/20/2004 11:34:00 pm

Hey folks, sorry for taking so long to post my full report. I've been a bit busy today, and my day has still not ended. But I promise to write the report and upload the pictures before going to bed tonight.

In the meanwhile check the links that commenters have posted above from montadayat and elsewhere. And read the AP report via the Guardian. Sorry again for the delay.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/21/2004 12:38:00 am

From an Ap Wire correspondant.. and last night in manama, there were protesters outside the PM's residence

pic here:http://www.tunezine.com/IMG/jpg/472.jpg

... anywayz u can read abt the happenings here:



Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/21/2004 04:35:00 am


there is also this video of the protests


its been edited with some pretty cheesy music though lol    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
10/22/2004 07:50:00 pm

Overeaction by the local goon squad is not a Bahrain only thing. Just look at how the jack booted thug goon squad in BOSTON killed someone after the baseball game.

Can you say and spell L A W S U I T???????    

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