Sunday, April 22, 2012
Bahraini forces arrest Zainab al-Khawaja
Bahraini protesters cover their noses from tear gas during clashes with police in Bilad al-Qadeema, a suburb of Manama, on the eve of Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix on April 21, 2012.
Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:0AM GMT
Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces have arrested the daughter of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, the prominent jailed activist who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months.
Zainab al-Khawaja was arrested on Saturday for protesting against her father's detention.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said on Saturday that Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has stopped drinking water.
The Bahraini activist has also asked to see his lawyer to write his will.
Khawaja, who holds dual Danish and Bahraini citizenship, was given a life sentence in June 2011 after being convicted on charges of inciting protests against the Manama regime.
Earlier on Saturday, Bahraini regime forces attacked demonstrators in several villages near the capital Manama ahead of the April 22 Formula One Grand Prix auto race.
Clashes broke out between security forces and protesters and police used tear gas and sound grenades to disperse the demonstrators.
Protesters were calling for the cancelation of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Bahraini activists say the Manama regime is using the auto race to cover up human rights violations in the country.
Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa has guaranteed the safety of the racing drivers and teams.
Bahraini demonstrators say they are determined to continue the protests against the controversial Formula One event, despite the brutality of the regime forces.
Bahraini activists say eight people have been killed by regime forces since March 17, 2012.
Bahrainis hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death of protesters during the popular uprising that began in the Persian Gulf island nation in February 2011.