Bahraini Shia Opposition Headquarters Attacked
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked the headquarters of the country's main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, in the capital, Manama.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Activists say several people, including an American journalist, were injured after regime troops attacked the building on Friday using tear gas.
Al-Wefaq party was holding its weekly meeting at the time of the attack. The meeting was forcibly broken up by regime forces.
Bahrain's Interior Ministry on Thursday banned al-Wefaq leaders from holding their weekly meeting.
Regime forces also attacked anti-government protesters in several towns and villages near Manama, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Bahrainis have been holding street protests demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty since mid-February. Peaceful demonstrators are attacked with live rounds and tear gas.
On November 23, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, set up to investigate reports of rights abuse during the crackdown, announced that the regime had used ''excessive force'' to crush the uprising.
Bahraini opposition say nothing has changed since the government-authorized international investigation publicized last month found numerous human rights abuses.