Fri May 6, 2011 5:15AM
Atrocities that the Bahraini regime is committing against the people are far worse than what Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi is doing to its people, says a Bahraini activist.
“What is happening in Bahrain is completely worse than Libya, because in Libya the dictator is killing his own people with his own army, but our dictators … invited other armies from other oppressive regimes [Saudi Arabia] to share with them their bloody crackdown to kill their own people,” Nabeel Rajab of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights told Press TV on Thursday.
Rajab said although it is difficult to distinguish Bahraini forces from those of Saudi Arabia deployed in Bahrain, it becomes clear that the Saudi regime is playing a major role in the crackdown on the anti-regime protesters when one looks at the latest developments there.
“You can see the culture of the Saudi army [in Bahrain] when you see [the] new [event] happening here, which has never happened in the history of the country: …demolishing mosques and demolishing worshiping places. This is the part of the Saudi Wahhabism culture which does not exist in Bahrain,” Rajab said.
The Bahraini activist also said that the deployment of additional Saudi troops in Bahrain indicates that Saudi armed forces plan to remain in Bahrain for a long time.
However, Rajab pointed out that Bahrainis do not welcome foreign forces on their soil as their presence has aggravated the situation in Bahrain
“The people of Bahrain don’t welcome that [sending more troops by Saudi regime], they are upset about it; it’s an interference in our internal affairs and issues,” he said.
“Since the Saudis have come, the problem has become more complicated … and the gap between the ruling elite and the people of Bahrain has become wider and wider…We don’t see, in the nearest future, any solution if they [Saudi regime] continue the same process.”
Saudi Arabia has reportedly sent more troops to Bahrain to help the Manama regime quash upcoming protests in the small Persian Gulf kingdom.
The latest development comes as Bahraini demonstrators plan to hold mass anti-regime protests on Friday, which they have dubbed “the Day of Sacred Defense.”