Petition Update

Bahrainis rally in thousands for Abdulhadi's release

Nabeel Rajab
chesterfield, MH

Apr 7, 2012 — Bahraini security forces have fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of protesters marching in support of a jailed human rights activist whose nearly two-month hunger strike has become a powerful rallying point for the tiny nation's Shia-led uprising against the Sunni monarchy.

"Freedom or martyrdom," cried marchers who carried portraits of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, whose declining health has brought appeals for international intervention from groups such as Amnesty International.

Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 58 days, was moved to a hospital and fed intravenously on Friday after his health deteriorated sharply, his lawyer said.

On Wednesday, the Information Affairs Authority said Khawaja had been moved to a clinic after losing 10kg.

Khawaja's lawyer said the activist had now been moved to a military hospital.