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Bahrain: Are Police Cars Running Over Protesters on Purpose?

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Bahrain, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Human Rights, Law, Politics, Protest

On the unforgettable night of January 28, 2011, a car ran over [1]protesters near the US Embassy in Cairo. Main stream media kept replaying the video of this incident over and over, shocking audiences around the world. In Bahrain though, police cars running over people has become one of the ‘anti-riot techniques’ that security forces use against protesters of different ages and in many areas of the small kingdom. As Bahrainis did well documenting many of the atrocities their regime committed against them since they started protesting last February, here are some of the videos available on YouTube that show how police cars run over protesters in Bahrain.

We start with this video is from Al-Eker village from the 16th of August, 2011:

The next video shows the running over of protesters who were marching in the funeral of 16-year-old martyr Ahmed Al-Qattan [2] on the 7th of October, 2011:

During the February protests, this video of a woman suddenly running over protesters, created a stir:


And most recently, here is a video of showing the running over of protesters after the funeral of martyr Ali Al-Daihi on the 4th of November, 2011:

The Bahrain Ministry of Interior commented [3] on this particular incident, denying it had happened altogether, even after the videos were spread across social networks. On its website, the ministry said:

The General Director completely denied announcement made by Matar Matar to a news agency that police patrols tried after the funeral to run over protesters, while highlighting that such allegation wasn't true, as the rule of the police is to protect the safety of citizens and residents and properties.

This denial made netizens dig up other videos, like those which follow. This next video is from Samaheej village, from the 17th of August, 2011:

And this one is from Sitra village from the 19th of September, 2011:

The next video shows police cars chasing after children – the place and time are not specified – but the police cars are Bahraini:

And following is a famous video of police cars trying to run over protesters in Bahrain:


Although not clear, this video suggests that in Salmabad village, police cars ran over a man called Younes Mahmoud, as the video description reads on the 1st of October, 2011. The video description also suggests that policemen beat up Younes's mother and then arrested him:

In this video, a group of teenagers jump over the fence to avoid getting crushed by a police car in Bilad Al-Qadim area on the 7th of July, 2011:

And the next video, shot in Al-Diraz village, is taken by two different cameras sto how how police cars were speeding after a group of men inside the neighborhood on the 25th of October, 2011:

After the funeral of martyr Jafar Hassan on the 21st of September, 2011, in Dimistan village, police cars were clearly trying to run over people as captured by this video

And on these last two videos, you can watch different running over incidents put together:

It is not known how many protesters have been injured in these incidents.