SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — new campaign, “Gangs of Darkness”, has been launched in Bahrain to highlight the daily house raids of regime forces against the people of Bahrain. Such attacks take place very late at night or early in the morning and include kidnappings, theft, confiscation and vandalism.
The opposition parties in Bahrain announced the launch of Gangs of Darkness in an attempt to reveal the inhumane and illegal acts by regime forces against the people, the breaking into homes, and theft of precious items without any legal consequences.
The opening of the campaign revealed that masked men, in the uniform of regime forces, are conducting these terrifying acts. The perpetrators come from different security and military units of the regime including national security, National Guard, army and Special Forces.
These attacks began 16 months ago as part of the early attacks on demonstrators in Lulu Roundabout and have continued since then. Despite various international condemnations and reports the violations have continued to take place. The BICI report mentioned how regime forces raided homes without allowing women the time to cover as well as pointing out the systematic attacks on the people and theft of household belongings in raids.
The estimation of the number of raids to have taken place since 14th February 2011 is well into the hundreds and there is not a day to go by without regime forces raiding people’s homes, attacking, detaining and citizens, showing no respect for people or the idea of safety in the home.
Source : Alwefaq Society