Bahrain arrests three Shia clerics during sit-in protest

Published July 25th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
A Bahraini man holds a placard bearing the portrait of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shia opposition movement Al-Wefaq, during a protest against his arrest outside Manama. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
A Bahraini man holds a placard bearing the portrait of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shia opposition movement Al-Wefaq, during a protest against his arrest outside Manama. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)

Bahraini authorities have arrested at least three Shia Muslim clerics as part of the ongoing crackdown against the opposition to the monarchy in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Bahraini troops arrested Sayed Yassin al-Mosawi and Sheikh Jassim al-Kayyat on Sunday over their participation in a sit-in outside the residence of distinguished religious figure Sheikh Issa Qassim in the northwestern village of Diraz, about five miles west of the capital Manama, to denounce the government’s recent decision to revoke his citizenship, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported. 

The pair was taken to a police station in the northwestern coastal town of Budaiya, located just four miles southwest of Manama, and security personnel prevented their lawyer Jassim Sarhan from reaching out to them.

On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Issa Qassim of his citizenship less than a week after the Justice Ministry suspended al-Wefaq and dissolved opposition al-Risala Islamic Association and Islamic Enlightenment Institution, founded by Sheikh Qassim.

Bahrain’s administrative court later ordered the dissolution of al-Wefaq and the seizure of its funds.

Separately, Bahraini regime forces have arrested Sheikh Aziz al-Khaddran on charges of incitement of hatred against the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty.

Over the last five years, thousands of protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain calling on the royal family to step down. In March 2011, troops were deployed from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to Bahrain to quell the uprising.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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