10/01/2012 – 12:59 p | Hits: 166
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked protesters in the villages of Dair and Bani Jamrah northwest of the country, arresting several people including children.
Chanting anti-regime slogans, the angry demonstrators demanded the downfall of the Al Khalifa regime and the release of political prisoners.
The protesters also condemned the Saudi-backed crackdown on the demonstrators.
Meanwhile, a Bahraini military court has sentenced a policeman to 12 years in prison for defecting from the police and joining the protesters in February 2011.
Ali al-Ghanami, a 25-year-old junior police officer, left the police force following a deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters massing in the capital, Manama, where two protesters were killed and more than a hundred were injured.
Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more arrested or fired from their jobs since the beginning of the popular uprising in Bahrain in February 2011.
In addition, many health workers, teachers, opposition figures and human rights activists in Bahrain are still facing trial or serving prison terms over participation in anti-government demonstrations.