Condemnations of Violence against Asians and the Police
The Bahrain Human Rights Monitor has issued a statement strongly
condemning the recent acts of violence against a number of Asian
workers, as well as the unjustifiable vandalism of police cars and
the burning of public properties.
The statement warned against this unjustifiable escalation of
violence that has until now affected the lives of many innocent
civilians, and described this kind of behaviour as having no connection
to political action or freedom of expression whatsoever. It also
affirmed that noble political goals and legitimate demands cannot
be achieved by throwing bombs or targeting civilians and the police.
The statement also condemned the use of provocative language of
incitement to violence and to encourage hatred that drive youths
to rebel against the law and to adopt violence as a means of achieving
political goals, far from the natural and legitimate channels of
Many violent incidents have recently occurred in the country.
For example, last February six unknown assailants attacked a group
of Asian workers- most in their early thirties- in the area of Bani
Jamra, where they lived.. The assault resulted in two workers permanently
losing their eyesight and a third losing one eye and sustaining
50% damage to his other. The other workers sustained injuries such
as bruises and broken arms.
Before this incident, unknown assailants had hurled a Molotov
cocktail at a police vehicle and torched it at the entrance of Duraz
village which resulted in the complete destruction of the car. The
police patrol car was surprised when 40 masked individuals attacked
them with stones and Molotov cocktails, but were able to escape
the vehicle before they were hurt. In the most recent violence,
on 8 March 2009, an Asian worker was attacked while in his car in
Shaikh Jabir street in the village of Al Ma‘amir, sustained serious
burns to his face, chest and back and his car was completely burned
after Molotov cocktail was thrown at it. It is worth noting that
all these violent attacks take place regularly and systematically
during the night.