The Lulu TV satellite network started broadcasting its programs on Monday. It has been named after Manama’s Pearl Square, the focal point of the revolution, the Young Journalists Club reported.
The Pearl Square monument was destroyed by the Bahraini authorities in March at the beginning of the Saudi-backed crackdown on anti-regime protesters.
The Lulu TV satellite network can be received on Atlantic Bird 4A (Nilesat), frequency: 10922 MHz, vertical position, symbol rate: 27500, FEC ¾.
According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Manama is currently holding over 1,000 people in detention over their political activities.
In a popular revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power.
On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf kingdom at Manama’s request to help Bahraini security forces’ efforts to crush the nationwide protests.
Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain — a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops, have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.
Human rights groups and the families of anti-government protesters arrested during the crackdown say the detainees are being physically and mentally abused, and the whereabouts of many detainees are still unknown.
The Bahraini authorities have charged a number of the detained activists with attempting to overthrow the monarchy and have begun to try them in a special security court set up under martial law.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have harshly criticized the Bahraini government for its brutal crackdown on civilians.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which visits detainees in conflict situations, has been trying to contact and visit detained Bahraini activists since mid-March, but so far Manama has refused to grant permission