Bahrain opposition figure decries 'devastating' crackdown

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Bahrain opposition figure decries 'devastating' crackdown

Post  l0ve0far0se on 18th March 2011, 03:34

Manama, Bahrain (CNN) -- A leading opposition figure in Bahrain said Thursday that government security forces were attacking villages and towns in their effort to subdue an uprising -- and accused them of committing a crime against humanity.
The U.N. human rights chief and Amnesty International both issued statements calling on the Bahraini government to halt the violence against its people.
"The current situation is devastating," said Khalil Almarzooq, who resigned as the country's first deputy speaker and joined protests against the government.
Al Marzooq said six opposition members have been arrested.
He described government forces taking action against some doctors at Salmaniya hospital, including one doctor allegedly being pulled out of surgery. The situation at the hospital is "a crime against humanity," he said.
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Witnesses in the capital, Manama, said security forces in Bahrain stormed the main hospital, beating doctors, and attacked demonstrators in the city's Pearl Roundabout on Wednesday.
Bahraini officials deny these accounts.
Tanks and troops remained at the hospital Thursday, CNN observed.
Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using shotguns, tear gas and rubber bullets to subdue protesters, joining a growing chorus of concerns over the crackdown.
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