Friday, December 16, 2011

Arresting Zainab Al-Khawaja by brutal force during protest, sister says - 16th Dec 2011

Bahraini pro-democracy activist Zainab Alkhawaja has been arrested, her sister told CNN.

Maryam Alkhawaja said from London early Friday that her sister is at the public prosecutor's office and expects to be interrogated. Her sister's lawyer said she's been charged with having an illegal gathering, assaulting a female officer and inciting hatred against Bahrain's leaders.

Bahraini officials could not be immediately reached overnight for comment.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights issued a statement Thursday claiming Bahraini security forces "used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters attempting to protest alongside a highway leading to" Manama.

Alkhawaja, 27, staged a sit-in in a roundabout with several other women when police fired tear gas at them, the group said. She still would not move, and then a tear gas canister was fired directly at her, according to the center.

Video posted on YouTube shows a woman who appears to be Alkhawaja, sitting by herself, being handcuffed and then dragged by a pair of female security officers over the grass. She then appears to be put in a police vehicle. Read More