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Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society ‘to list terrorist acts’ in coming week

Bahrain News
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
By Raji Unnikrishnan


A LEADING rights society will document acts of violence and calls to disrupt security in the coming week.

It comes as outlawed terrorist group February 14 Coalition started posting militant-style videos of a masked man calling for riots in the country as part of the seventh anniversary of the unrest.

The group has in the past claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Bahrain including ATM bombings, attacks on car showrooms and explosions that resulted in fatalities.

The Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS) yesterday pledged to document every incident in the lead up to the February 14 anniversary in a bid to show the international community the violent nature of these so-called opposition groups.

BHRWS secretary general Faisal Fulad told the GDN he has received well-placed information that the videos were shot in Iran, a country that has been accused of funding terror cells in Bahrain, sheltering fugitives and smuggling weapons.

“The February 14 Coalition is no less than other terror groups like the Islamic State,” Mr Fulad told the GDN.

“In the video they released, we see the man imitating IS videos, like the black mask and the threatening tone where he is calling for riots.

“We learned that this video was shot in Qom, Iran, which is once again proving Iranian agenda behind these terror activities in Bahrain.

“Groups like the February 14 Coalition should be condemned and we urge the international rights agencies, world powers, activists and local embassies and agencies to join us in isolating this group.

“This is a radical group groomed and funded by Iran and our country, especially our youth, is a victim of their harmful agenda, which must be stopped at any cost.

“Iranian media is also helping them propagate their terror agenda by helping them shoot such videos inside Iran, which means they are nurturing terrorists to harm other countries, which is a violation of international norms.”

The February 14 terror group, which has been blamed for a series of violent attacks on police since 2011, has allegedly distributed pamphlets to shops in villages, warning them not to open next week.

“We are aware of these threatening notes placed on car windshields and doors and as always they will be targeting the Asian employees inside the villages by forcing them to close shops and to stay indoors,” added Mr Fulad.

“They are calling for destruction of public property, acts of sabotage, closure of roads and shops, stopping people from going to work and blocking roads towards schools.

“This is unacceptable as public life and property cannot be put at risk.

“We will be monitoring the situation from February 13 evening until February 15 evening as we did in the past.

“We urge all the Asian embassies to condemn such acts so that the right news gets out to the world.”

In the last few years, BHRWS has documented hundreds of incidents, which it said proved “the hard-line Iranian agenda being spread in Bahrain”.

“Our Washington office has also submitted a detailed report with pictures of the activities of groups like February 14 Coalition inside the villages to various American organisations in New York and Washington to highlight the true situation in Bahrain,” said Mr Fulad.

“The report includes pictures and information about the terrorist sectarian groups in Bahrain such as Saraya Al Ashtar, Saraya Al Mukhtar, 14 February Coalition, Haq Movement, Al Wafaa Movement and Bahrain Freedom Movement.”

These outfits were among 68 organisations that were blacklisted as terrorist groups in Bahrain in 2016.

raji@gdn.com.bh

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