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Bahrain: Martial Law, Hundreds Wounded

Reuters reports: “Two men were killed and more than 200 people wounded in clashes in Bahrain on Tuesday, a hospital source said.” Extremely graphic video of Bahraini protester in hospital: youtube.com

HUSAIN ABDULLA
Abdulla is director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. He said today: “It’s obvious that the Saudi and Bahraini regimes are cynically exploiting the world’s grief over the tragedy in Japan. They hope few are noticing that Saudi forces moved into the small nation of Bahrain yesterday to back the autocratic regime and attack the pro-democracy movement. Today, the King of Bahrain declared martial law and attacked protesters, hundreds have been wounded. At least two have been killed, one by Saudi forces, another by Bahrani regime forces. They have even attacked a hospital. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates was just in Bahrain. The U.S. has 6,000 soldiers in Bahrain. The U.S. is in a position to put a stop to these atrocities now — they are escalating and unless stopped will likely lead to a total massacre.”

TOBY C. JONES, @tobycraigjones
Jones is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University and author of the book “Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia.” He is regularly in touch with people in Bahrain.

REEM KHALIFA
Khalifa is senior editor for diplomatic affairs at Al Wasat in Bahrain, one of the few independent media outlets in Bahrain.

CHRISTOPHER DAVIDSON, @dr_davidson
A scholar in Middle East politics at Durham University, Davidson‘s books include Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies. He recently wrote the piece “Lords of the Realm: The wealthy, unaccountable monarchs of the Persian Gulf have long thought themselves exempt from Middle East turmoil. No longer.”

Video of protesters marching on Saudi embassy: youtube.com
Fleeing attack: youtube.com

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Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167