Bahraini regime forces have fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up an anti - regime protest near the capital, Manama.
Demonstrators took to the streets once again in the village of Sitra near Manama to demand the release of former opposition lawmaker Khalil al - Marzooq. Marzooq had been summoned to court and charged with inciting terrorism during a speech he made last week. Head of Bahrain’s public prosecution, Nayef Yousif, has accused Marzooq of instigating violence and having links to a group authorities blamed for bombings and other attacks. He also said Marzooq is under investigation and will be held for 30 days. On September 18, Bahrain’s main opposition group al - Wefaq boycotted national reconciliation talks in protest against the detention of Marzooq, a former deputy speaker of parliament. Amnesty International has also called on the Al Khalifa regime to release Marzooq.
“Khalil al - Marzooq is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned only for his vehement criticism of the government, ” Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj said in a statement, adding, “He must be immediately and unconditionally released. ”
The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. Protesters initially called for political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on September 9 that she was frustrated with reports of human rights violations in Bahrain.