DAMASCUS, SYRIA (04:40) – Mass protests by citizens of Bahrain continue to grow, as people take to the streets to protest against the regime of the Khalifa dynasty.

Local sources report heavy crackdowns on demonstrations all over the country, adding that people chanted slogans which called for an end to the Khalifa family’s rule over the country. Bahraini troops used teargas to suppress a demonstration by women in the village of Diraz on Monday.

Demonstrations have been growing steadily since six civilians were sentenced to the death penalty on Monday. The verdict had been handed down by a military court, after a decree by Bahraini absolute monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ruled that civilian protesters should henceforth be tried under military law.

Bahrain’s top military court sentenced the six individuals to death on Monday after convicting them over charges including plotting to assassinate the chief of the armed forces of the Gulf state, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa. The court also sentenced seven other people to seven-year jail terms and deprived them of their citizenship, while five men were acquitted.

Prior to Monday’s trial, there had never once been any official mention of any sort of plot against the life of the Field Marshall, and the Bahrain News Agency refused to give any further details of when or where the plan was alleged to have taken place.

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