Scores of Bahraini people have staged fresh protests in a northern region to express solidarity with prominent religious scholar Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim and his supporters, who have been subject to a heavy-handed regime crackdown.
According to reports, the protesters took to the streets in the northern village of Abu Saiba on Friday to voice their anger at the Bahraini regime’s continued siege against the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim and the crackdown on anti-regime activists.
The demonstration marked the 80th day of the top Shia cleric’s detention under house arrest.
Sheikh Qassim is the spiritual leader of Bahrain who was stripped of his citizenship on June last year over accusations that he used his position in what the ruling Aal-e Khalifa minority regime called to serve foreign interests and promote “sectarianism” and “violence.”
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the tiny Persian Gulf island State in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Aal-e Khalifah relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.