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While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent

Posted by alanmirs on May 9, 2011


McClatchy Newspapers

In the ancient BahrainivillageofAali, where some graves date to 2000 B.C., the Amir Mohammed Braighi mosque had stood for more than 400 years – one of the handsomest Shiite Muslim mosques in this small island nation in thePersian Gulf.

Today, only bulldozer tracks remain.

In Nwaidrat, where anti-government protests began Feb. 14, the Mo’men mosque had long been a center for the town’s Shiite population – photos show it as a handsome, square building neatly painted in ochre, with white and green trim, and a short portico in dark gray forming the main entrance.

Today, only the portico remains.

“When I was a child, I used to go and pray with my grandfather,” said a 52-year-old local resident, who asked to be called only “Abu Hadi.” “The area used to be totally green, with tiers of sweet water wells.

“Why did they destroy this mosque?” Abu Hadi wailed. “Muslims have prayed there for decades.”

In Shiite villages across this island kingdom of 1.2 million, the Sunni Muslim government has bulldozed dozens of mosques as part of a crackdown on Shiite dissidents, an assault on human rights that is breathtaking in its expansiveness.


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