UK Police Enter Bahraini Embassy in London as Protester Scales Roof

324
UK Police Enter Bahraini Embassy in London as Protester Scales Roof

Video footage posted on Twitter shows the man, named by fellow protesters as Moosa Abd Ali, on the Embassy roof before disappearing from view.

authorities entered the Bahraini embassy in London late Friday, arresting a protester who claimed he was beaten by embassy staff after clambering onto the roof.

Video footage posted on Twitter shows the man, named by fellow protesters as Moosa Abd Ali, scaling on the roof before disappearing from view.

Abd Ali earlier wrote on his Twitter page that he was demonstrating against the execution of two men, named by him as Shiite citizens Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali, on terror charges.

“Police were called to the Embassy Of The Kingdom Of Bahrain at 22:47hrs (2147 GMT) on Friday, 27 July following a report of a man on the roof of the building,” a police statement said Saturday.

“Upon hearing a disturbance on the roof, officers entered the building and detained the man.

“The man… was arrested for trespass … He is currently in police custody.” Police said they followed firefighters into the west London building.

Campaigners said the authorities broke down the door, although the London Fire Brigade would not confirm this account.

The footage also showed police demanding that embassy staff “get away from” the protester while he was on the roof.

Protest group The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) claimed the protester was “pulled from the ledge of the roof by embassy staff…and assaulted by two embassy staff”.

Stop the killing in Bahrain

 

“He stated that he sustained injuries and bleeding during the assault,” added BIRD director Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

Police said the man, who could be heard after he was detained shouting “Stop the killing in Bahrain”, would receive a medical examination.

The convicts were put to death by firing squad on Saturday.

Video footage posted on Twitter shows the man, named by fellow protesters as Moosa Abd Ali, on the Embassy roof before disappearing from view. .@MoosaAkrawi demand of @BorisJohnson Call your friend King Hamad to stop the Killing in #Bahrain

Last year’s killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a writer and US resident who was strangled and dismembered after being lured into Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate sparked worldwide condemnation and a debate on the limits of diplomatic immunity.

Bahrain, a key US UK ally located between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been gripped by bouts of unrest since 2011, when authorities cracked down on Shiite-led protests demanding political reform.

On the eve of the executions, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director Lynn Maalouf said: “If the Bahraini authorities go through with these executions it would be an utterly shameful show of contempt for human rights.”

The pair were convicted of “forming a terror group” which went on to carry out a series of armed attacks in the kingdom.

They included the storming of the kingdom’s Jaw prison in January 2017 that killed a guard and led to the escape of 10 detainees, the prosecutor said.

Support Labour Heartlands

This is a "Pay as You Feel" website. You can have access to all of our online work for free. However if you want to support what we do, you could make a small donation to help us keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.

HELP US GROW BY SUPPORTING US

HELP US GROW.

The future can be ours - but only if we work together to make it happen. We've been fighting to make the Labour Heartlands a better, more fairer and equal place for over two years now. With a dedicated team and the commitment from our generous supporters giving small regular donations each month, more if they can afford it, we're winning. But there is still so much to do. We're ambitious, but we can only continue to make positive change and shape our country if more of our supporters join us on this journey. If you believe in the issues we fight for please take action and join Labour Heartlands grassroots think-and-do-tank today. It will make all the difference. And then we can make all the difference for everyone.

Not funded by millionaires or advertisers.
Labour Heartlands funded by the people.