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Bahrain police break up peaceful protest

Al Jazeera
Feb. 12, 2012
By Gregg Carlstrom

Police used force to break up an anti-government march in the Bahraini capital, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of peaceful protesters.

Around 200 people gathered on Saturday at the Standard Chartered bank near Bahrain’s diplomatic district and set off toward Pearl Roundabout, the centre of last year’s uprising. Many chanted ”to the roundabout” as they marched, but they were quickly met by riot police, who warned them the rally was unauthorised.

“We gathered in Manama, and we went out and the riot police came, and [they] told us this was an illegal gathering,” said one activist. “Then they stopped talking and shot us with tear gas.”

It is unclear whether anyone was injured. Witnesses said at least one protester was detained and driven away in a police van. The march was organised by Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

Roads blocked

Tensions in Bahrain have been rising ahead of Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the first large-scale protests in the island kingdom.

Last year’s uprising was brutally crushed in March, when security forces cleared Pearl Roundabout, and troops from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf countries were deployed to Bahrain.

Scattered protests have continued, most of them confined to the predominantly Shia villages outside the capital. Security forces used tear gas to break up several of these protests on Friday night.

Soldiers and police also conducted early-morning raids in more than a half-dozen villages on Saturday, according to activists. An unknown number of people were arrested.

Police reportedly fired tear gas canisters into the home of Ali Salman, the leader of the opposition Al-Wefaq party, whose house was also targeted by police in August.

Police have blocked off many of the major roads leading into the capital, as well as the entrances to restive villages.

“[The protest on Saturday] wasn’t more than a few hundred people, because many people had a hard time reaching the meeting point,” another activist said. “The roads leading into the centre of Manama were all blocked by police.”


Al Jazeera is one of many international news organisations that was not allowed to enter the country to cover the anniversary. Details of Saturday’s rally were confirmed through activists and human rights organisations inside Bahrain.

Full Article Here – http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/2012211144559680830.html 

Human rights abuses could be covered up under new justice bill proposals

Feb. 12, 2012

Ministers and the intelligence services will be able to cover up sensitive information relating to the state’s complicity in torture and secret rendition, under controversial plans likely to be included in the Queen’s Speech in May.

Sources at the Ministry of Justice say the plans, first outlined in a green paper in October last year, are likely to be included in a justice bill in the next session of parliament in a move that critics say will fundamentally undermine Britain’s tradition of open justice.

The plan could mean that so-called closed material procedures – in which secret evidence is withheld from the claimant and the press in a closed court – would be introduced more widely into civil law. This would allow the government or its agencies to defend serious allegations knowing that damaging information would never emerge.

Examples of cases which opponents say could be held under such procedures include those where torture victims sue the government, where inquests are held relating to soldiers killed by friendly fire, or where actions are lodged alleging police negligence.

The claimants would be represented by special advocates who would be barred from discussing the evidence with them. The government is pushing ahead despite the fact that out of 69 currently appointed special advocates, 57 have signed a response hitting out at the proposal – saying there is no reason to justify such sweeping changes.

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, which will launch a campaign against the plans on Tuesday, said: “What bitter irony if the government’s answer to the worst excesses of the ‘war on terror’ were an even bigger, darker cloak over the secret state. If these proposals represent the agencies’ response to concerns about complicity in torture, they are surely either unnecessary or dangerous.

“If flirtation with extraordinary rendition was an aberration after 9/11, why wreck the whole civil justice?”
Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/feb/11/human-rights-justice-courts 

Massive Street Protests Wage War On ACTA Anti-Piracy Treaty

Torrent Freak
Feb. 11, 2012

The world is witnessing the largest offline protest against copyright legislation today. Massive demonstrations against the draconian anti-piracy treaty ACTA are spanning four continents, with protests in more than 200 European cities alone. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets to prevent their countries and the European Parliament from putting the free Internet at risk by ratifying ACTA,

Last month the European Union officially signed the controversial “anti-piracy” trade agreement ACTA.

The EU followed in the footsteps of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States, who already signed it last October. This brings ACTA a step closer to passing, but individual EU member states and the European Parliament still have to ratify the treaty later this year.

To prevent this from happening, hundreds of thousands of people across the world are taking to the streets today, and millions more are expected to do their part online. In Europe demonstrations are being held in more than 200 cities, the largest in Sofia, Bulgaria, with more than 50,000 participants.

These staggering numbers amount to the greatest offline protest against any type of copyright legislation, ever.

Full Article Here – https://torrentfreak.com/massive-street-protests-wage-war-on-acta-anti-piracy-treaty-120211/