Bahrain’s anti-government sit-in continues. Tens of thousands of Bahrainis began the week-long sit-in in the town of Muqsha, west of Manama, on Sunday to highlight the necessity for political reforms and raise awareness for those detained, beaten and tortured during the ongoing protests in the island nation. Ayat al-Qormozi, a poet who was detained after reading a poem criticizing the regime, addressed the crowd on Sunday:
“This is a dress rehearsal for the return. We will return! We will return! Soon our sit-in will not be here but at the Pearl Roundabout.”
Next Tuesday, February 14 marks the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests in Bahrain. The LA Times reports journalists from the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and other major news outlets are being denied entry into the country prior to the February anniversary. Several reporters reportedly received a letter from the Bahrain government citing a “high volume of requests” for the reason they were denied entry.
Bahrain is one of the most repressive nations on earth for press freedom and media censorship, ranking seventh to last on the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index. [pantslessprogressive]
[Photos: Tens of thousands of Bahrainis participate during a sit-in calling for the fall of the regime and to free political prisoners on Wednesday in Muqsha; Bahraini men gather around tables set up for serving tea during an anti-government sit-in Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Muqsha, Bahrain. One of the signs reads, “Bahrain’s body is bleeding”; A Bahraini girl draws in an area set up for children’s art during the sit-in on Tuesday. Credit for all photos: Hasan Jamali/AP]