All forms of protest have been banned in Bahrain. The government has imposed the emergency rules in light of the escalating violence. Rulers in the Gulf Kingdom are also threatening legal action against any group that backs demonstrations or clashes.
Scenes like these may be soon be a thing of the past, unless the very bravest of people, who are against the alleged human rights abuses continue to take a stand and defy the wishes issued by the Interior Ministry. A spokesman said society was 'fed up' with near nonstop demonstrations and that the "repeated abuse" of the rights to freedom of speech and expression could no longer be accepted. Earlier this month, police fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowds of protestors here in the old market area of central Manama. Two policemen died last week, and more than 50 people have been killed in Bahrain's unrest since February 2011.
The state is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet and it's been volatile, since the majority of its citizens, who are Shi'ite Muslims, started protesting about discrimination, like being locked out of top political and security jobs. The Sunni Muslim monarchy has made a few concessions, but it doesn't seem to be enough. Many of the events are organised the al-Wifaq National Islamic Society - the largest Shia opposition group. An official from the group said the intention went "against international human rights". There's no news yet on whether another rally, planned for Friday, will go ahead. The Interior Minister said the ban would remain until security was sufficient to preserve civil peace and protect national unity.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.