5:44am

Thu May 19, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Demonstrators Seek U.S. Support for Bahrain Uprising

Several Louisvillians will hold a demonstration Thursday to encourage western powers to take action in Bahrain, where anti-government protests have been going on for months.

Calls to bring down the Bahraini monarchy have been met with violence in the Middle Eastern country. Louisville resident Athraa Alabudy says the uprising has not received as much attention or western support as similar events in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

The protest in Louisville will be held at noon outside of the federal building at 6th and Broadway, and Alabudy says she hopes it will pressure officials to contact leaders in Washington and spur action to stop the violence.

“Not military,” she say. “I need at least someone to come from the U.N. on human rights to see how they treat people so badly there.”

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February.