witnessbahrain.org Mahdi Abu Deeb who heads the representative body of school teachers in Bahrain was sentenced to over a decade in prison by a military court for his participation in pro democracy demonstrations that were brutally crushed last year. Abu Deeb along with four colleagues now faces a civilian court to see whether he can be release or have his sentence shortened. Hundreds of teachers amongst other citizens have been imprisoned and tortured by the Saudi and US backed monarchy in Bahrain. Leaders of two of Ireland's teacher trade unions, INTO and ASTI, demonstrated outside Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament. They were joined by two prominent members of parliament, Richard Boyd Barrett and Joe Higgins of the United Left Alliance.