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Germany blames Bahraini opposition for al-Khalifa repression

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 15, IRNA -- The German government here Wednesday has openly blamed Bahrain's opposition of inciting violence amid the ongoing security crackdown by the al-Khalifa regime.

Speaking at a routine weekly government press briefing, German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke called on Bahraini opposition groups to refrain from inciting what he termed 'violence and provocations.'

Asked specifically whether his country would condemn the latest government repression in Bahrain, Peschke said merely Berlin was 'very concerned' about the regime's security clampdown.

German-based Bahraini activists have lashed out at Berlin's silence over Manama's ongoing repression over the past three days, marking the first anniversary of the kingdom's uprising.

Germany was among several western governments which did not explicitly condemn Manama's use of violence and intimidation in last year's protests, as Saudi Arabia sent more than 1,000 troops into Bahrain to help the al-Khalifa regime quell the protest movement that started in February 2011 asking for democratic reforms.

The western refusal to condemn massive human rights abuses committed by Bahraini security forces while condemning similar abuses in Libya and Yemen has undermined any credibility it had with Bahrainis.

International human right groups have time and again complained that the West has kept mum amid reports that Bahrain's Sunni-led government is waging a violent and bloody crackdown — destroying Shiite mosques, illegally detaining and torturing dissidents, attacking medical personnel to prevent them from treating wounded protesters, abusing women and girls and expelling media representatives from the Persian Gulf kingdom.

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