Bahrain’s main opposition group al - Wefaq says more than 200 people including women and children were detained during the heavy - handed regime crackdown on protests in July.
The Bahraini opposition party recently revealed that at least 19 children and one woman were also among those arrested by the regime forces during the demonstrations last month. According to al-Wefaq, over 170 people were also wounded due to the excessive force used by the Manama regime forces. Meanwhile, Manama forces have raided some 650 homes over the past month, while 18 cases of brutal and inhumane tortures have also been reported. On August 7, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa banned protests in the capital, Manama, ahead of the August 14 celebrations of the country’s independence from the United Kingdom. The opposition is planning to hold a major protest on the same day. The Manama regime has warned that any protests would face the “force of the law.” Bahrain’s loyalist-dominated parliament has also approved a bill banning all protests in Manama. The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. The Al Khalifa regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states. Scores of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses. The protesters say they will continue demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.