Security forces destroy cameras outside opposition leader's house

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On July 30th, masked men working for the Ministry of Interior (MOI) attacked CCTV cameras outside the home of Sheikh Ali Salman, Secretary General of opposition society Al Wefaq.

Masked men outside Sheikh Ali Salman's house
The MOI justified the attack, describing the cameras as "suspiciously-positioned," and adding that "they could have been used to monitor the movement of police patrols in order to target them with violence". Reporting on the incident, pro-government English newspaper Gulf Daily News misquoted the MOI, claiming that the cameras were being used to monitor police (h/t @marcowenjones).
In a statement, Al Wefaq said that the MOI's admission "reveals that the regime is abandoning the law and increasingly relying on militia". It added:
All crimes and violations perpetrated by the civilian armed militias, who are mostly backed by the police forces, are of the regime’s responsibility. The civilian militias and the regime forces have committed extrajudicial killings, assassinating activists, home raids, torture, vandalizing properties, and more violations in attempts to terrify citizens. The pattern of these incidents indicates the involvement of the MOI and what is being perpetrated relies on collusion with senior security officials.

All justifications claimed by the MOI to deny its moral and legal scandals, are not based on laws and go against basic legal principles and cannot be justified. How could anyone justify climbing on top of a house, without a legal warrant and with masked faces and civilian clothes, at a time when there was no witnesses?

Such an act is not compatible with the Code of Contact, which the MOI boasts, rather it confirms that the MOI prefers the militia-style to perform some of its security missions. The Authority is chargeable for any violations and crimes perpetrated by the civilian militias.
The MOI further stated that CCTV "should be limited to filming the owner’s property and should not monitor public roads or violate the privacy of others". The MOI, however, has made extensive use of CCTV across Bahrain. Speaking last May, John Yates, former Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner and then advisor to the MOI, said: "CCTV is everywhere [and] is utterly fantastic".

The incident can be seen in this video:



A similar incident happened in June 2012. It was also captured on camera.

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