Bahrain: hunger strikers charge US complicity with torture regime

Ali Mushaima, a 28-year-old Bahraini activist, on hunger strike for 10 days in London, on April 4 began a public vigil outside the US embassy on Grosvenor Square to call attention to US complicity in the repression of Bahrain’s civil revolutionary movement and Washington’s tacit support to the Saudi occupation of the country. He is also expressing his solidarity with human rights activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who has now been on hunger strike for over 60 days in a Bahraini prison. Al-Khawaja was recently moved to a new facility with medical equipment in anticipation of an onset of coma. His daughter, Maryam al-Khawaja said her father “is entering a critical phase, where his life is at stake.” Ali’s own father, Hassan Mushaima, is also imprisoned, and suffering from cancer for which Ali says he is not receiving proper treatment inside Bahrain’s “torture chambers.” (Bahrain Freedom Movement, April 10; CNN, April 6)

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