Dozens of people have staged separate demonstrations in Bahrain to support distinguished Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and condemn the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy activists.
News ID: 65007
Publish Date: 29September 2016 - 12:06
Protesters took to the streets late Wednesday close to the residence
of the 79-year-old cleric, whose citizenship was revoked by the ruling
Al Khalifah regime more than three months ago.
The protest rally
was held in the northwestern village of Diraz to mark the 100th day
since Sheikh Qassim was stripped of his nationality.
The protesters carried national flags and portraits of the cleric, pledging to continue with anti-regime protest rallies.
similar demonstration was also held in the northern village of Abu
Saiba, where participants condemned the regime's crackdown on opposition
The rallies came two days after Bahrain's Supreme
Criminal Court adjourned the trial of Sheikh Qassim and two of his
assistants until October 24, citing his refusal to attend the hearing as
Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Qassim of his
citizenship on June 20. They later dissolved al-Wefaq as well as the
Islamic Enlightenment Institution, founded by Sheikh Qassim, besides the
opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.
anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on
an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom
on February 14, 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.
March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
were deployed to Bahrain to assist the Manama government in its
crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested in the ongoing crackdown.