Bahraini Forces Raid Houses, Arrest 10 Citizens

Published March 22nd, 2018 - 01:28 GMT
Bahraini forces raided homes in the capital Manama, arresting 10 citizens, amid ongoing protests against the government crackdown on political dissidents. (AFP/ File Photo)
Bahraini forces raided homes in the capital Manama, arresting 10 citizens, amid ongoing protests against the government crackdown on political dissidents. (AFP/ File Photo)

Bahraini forces raided homes in the capital Manama, arresting 10 citizens, amid ongoing protests against government crackdown on political dissidents.

During the home raids, Wednesday, Bahraini security forces arrested Ali Abdullah Qassim, son-in-law of top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, and nine other citizens, mostly teenagers.

The arrests came as many people across Bahrain took to the streets, Wednesday, chanting anti-government slogans and calling for release of political prisoners.

The protesters also vented their anger at a move by the regime to place Sheikh Isa Qassim under house arrest.

In May 2017, a Bahraini court convicted Sheikh Qassim of illegal collection of funds and money laundering and sentenced him to one year in jail.

It also ordered him to pay $265,266 in fine. The court ruling sparked widespread demonstrations across the country.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters held demonstrations in Bahrain almost daily ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011 against the government. Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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