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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bahrain government hires UK and US police chiefs to crack down on protesters...

Bahraini group slams hiring UK, US cops
Sun Dec 4, 2011 9:4AM

Bahrain's Freedom Movement has denounced a decision by the US-backed regime to hire retired British and American police chiefs to offer support to Bahraini security forces in their brutal crackdown on popular protests.

In an interview with IRNA on Saturday, Bahraini Freedom Movement's spokesman Saeed al-Shehabi said the decision was meant to launch a new round of crackdown on protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

He made the remarks after British newspaper The Daily Telegraph said senior London police officer John Yates will work with former head of the Miami police John Timoney to oversee 'reforms' in Bahrain's security forces.

Timoney would lead a team of American and British advisers training Bahraini forces following a recent criticism of the brutal crackdown the Saudi-backed security officers have launched against protesters, the daily said.

Last month, Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry declared in a report that the regime was engaged in using "excessive force" to crush popular protests.

The commission also charged security forces with other abuses, such as torture, against protesters.

Shehabi, however, dismissed the measure, saying the hiring of the former police chiefs was an impediment to real reforms.

Yates was forced out of his job as head of Britain's Metropolitan police force in July over a phone-hacking scandal.

Thousands of protesters have been staging regular demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, calling on the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

Bahraini regime forces, backed by troops from Saudi Arabia, have killed dozens of people and detained thousands more since the beginning of anti-regime demonstrations.
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