Sun, Jan 22, 2012
Protest Includes Attack On Consultant In UK
A London-based human rights group is attacking Farnborough
International Limited for its role as a consultant to organizers of
the 2012 Bahrain International Airshow, which is underway now
through Saturday, and is calling for a boycott of the show.
The Bahrain Freedom Movement has called for the show to be
canceled after demonstrators were killed by the government during
pro-democracy protests in Bahrain during 2011. Spokesman Sunnah
Akhtar declared, "Due to the widespread political unrest in the
country and the number of deaths of peaceful demonstrators, we call
for the boycott of the 2012 Bahrain Airshow. The air show should be
boycotted in light of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry
that found government officials had committed a number of human
rights violations during the crackdown of pro-democracy protesters.
A government that has been found guilty of using excessive force
and torture should not be allowed to host such an event."
Freedom Movement, based in London, is showing solidarity by
calling out Farnborough for its role in organizing the show. The
firm replies, "Farnborough International Limited are engaged as
consultants to the Civil Aviation Authority in Bahrain, organizers
of the Bahrain International Airshow. Therefore the decision as to
whether or not the show should go ahead does not lie with
Farnborough International Ltd."
The Bahrain government has admitted to the use of excessive
force during last year's demonstrations.
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