Protesters marched on the streets of Diah village after Husain Barakat, a political prisoner, died after contracting COVID.
Hundreds of people have made a rare protest in Bahrain over the death of a prisoner from coronavirus despite being vaccinated months earlier by the island kingdom.
Wednesday night’s demonstration saw protesters march in the streets of Diah village above the death before the day of Husain Barakat.
Videos of the protest, which corresponded to the Associated Press reporting on the protests, saw those marching screaming that they had held King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for Barakat’s death due to ill-treatment.
A statement from the interior minister said Barakat, 48, was in a respirator and died in a hospital. The ministry said Barakat had received an unnamed vaccination against the virus.
Bahrain has come under pressure from human rights organizations over prison conditions, including overcrowding, poor sanitation and lack of medical care.
Since the March outbreak of the disease in Bahrain’s main prison, Jau, families have been holding small protests demanding the release of political prisoners and better conditions. There was a violent confrontation between guards and prisoners in April after the prisoners protested against the conditions.
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Barakat received the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.
Bahrain, like neighboring United Arab Emirates, relied heavily on Sinopharm in its per capita vaccination campaigns for the world record, but now offers reinforcement shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
There have been reports of low antibody responses in the UAE, which have seen the country announce in May that it will offer boosters six months after the two-shot Sinopharm vaccination.
The two shots use different technologies. The Pfizer strains, a so-called mRNA vaccine, contain a piece of genetic code that trains the immune system to recognize the protein released on the surface of the virus.
The Sinopharm vaccine is an “inactivated” vaccine made by the growth of the whole virus in a laboratory and then killed.
Coronavirus in Bahrain
Bahrain is now fighting for its worst wave of the virus.
In the middle of a blockchain, the numbers of daily homes dropped recently. The island, home to 1.6 million people, has seen more than 254,000 reported cases and 1,171 deaths.
Bahrain last week told the AP that 90 percent of the new cases in the country were “people who had chosen not to receive vaccinations.”
Barakat had lost his citizenship and was sentenced to life in prison along with 53 other people in a 2018 mass trial, according to the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD).
His son was also arrested at age 16, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Bahrain’s public prosecutors said at the time that the case concerned a little-known armed group that identified itself as “Zulfiqar Brigade”.
Zulfiqar is the name of the bifurcated sword of Imam Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad worshiped by Shiite Muslims.
Bahrain’s Sunni ruler has handled denaturation and mass trials to defeat dissidents on the Shiite-majority island off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the years following his spring protests. arab of 2011.
The Bahraini opposition group dissolved al-Wefaq has demanded the release of prisoners of conscience since the beginning of the pandemic.
Bahrain has released some prisoners considered at risk, such as pregnant women, in response to the pandemic.