Thousands of Bahraini demonstrators have taken to the streets of a village near Manama to protest against the torture of pro - democracy activists arrested by the Al Khalifa regime.
The protesters waved Bahrain's national flag and held up signs that read "Manama, capital of torture" during a demonstration in the village of Daih on Friday. "Torture is a practice rooted in the security agencies," the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain's main opposition party, said in a statement issued on Friday. The statement added that “a tug-of-war is underway in Bahrain between a political majority demanding a democratic transition and a hard core dictatorship that refuses any change." Also on Friday, an anti-government demonstration was staged in the village of Jidhafs, which is located west of Manama. The participants held up placards and waved the national flag. The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations. The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states. Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries. A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used excessive force in the crackdown and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters. Bahrainis say they will continue holding demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.