October 5th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Bahrain opposition keeps up hunger strike

Bahraini opposition leaders, many sentenced to life in prison, are 12 days into a hunger strike dedicated to gaining the release of "innocent women and girls" from jail, the son of one of the leaders told CNN Wednesday.

Dozens of activists have been jailed and sentenced to prison during recent political unrest, including Hassan Mushaimaa, the secretary-general of the banned opposition Haq group.

"We are really worried about his health," said his son, Mohamed Mushaimaa. "They won't let us talk with him very often." Phone calls are allowed every week, he said.

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  1. George Patton

    What the king of Bahrain needs to do is to hold a public referendum to see if his people want a republic or a continual monarchy. The problem is, is that the right-wing thugs in both London and Washington simply won't stand for it because this king has been a perfect stooge for them all along!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Unfortunately, I doubt that this hunger strike will work as the horrific King of Bahrain cares very little for human rights. As long as he remains a stooge for the right-wing thugs in both London and Washington, he can get away with anything he wants to and that makes me sick!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |