Bahrain: anti-regime protests over death of activist in jail

Shiite dissident died of Covid in prison

10 June, 16:53

    BEIRUT - A rare popular protest with a confessional undertone took place on Thursday in Bahrain, in the Gulf, after in recent days the interior minister admitted that a political detainee died of Covid in prison.

    Relatives, friends and followers of the human rights activist Hussein Barakat, 48, held a protest in Diya, not far from the capital Manama.

    For weeks family members of prisoners at the notorious Jaw prison had called for prisoners to be released to prevent them getting infected with Covid, in a country that is facing a resurgence of the spread of the virus.

    Barakat was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 on charges of belonging to a "terrorist cell", a definition that the Sunni regime adopts by pointing to activists from the local Shiite community.

    Ten years ago in the context of Arab protests Bahrain was the site of social demonstrations that had nearly immediately taken on a political character against the dominant power, embodied in the Sunni Khalifa family, backed by Saudi Arabia in an anti-Iranian function.

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