Democracy Now: Activists Demand Release of Bahraini Hunger Striker
Another protest was held Wednesday calling for the release of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, a jailed activist who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months. Bahraini police fired stun grenades in a bid to clear the crowd. Al-Khawaja’s wife, Khadija al-Mousawi, gave an update on her husband’s condition and criticized Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone for ignoring his plight.
Khadija al-Mousawi: “He calls every day for five minutes and that is a relief for me. At least I know that he is okay and that’s why today’s phone call is the most important call for me because he stopped IV (drip) and minerals and glucose from this morning, sorry (wipes tears). What makes me angry, people like (Bernie) Ecclestone (Formula One executive) who decided to come to Bahrain because he thinks everyone is happy. I can assure him that I am not happy; my family is not happy.”