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Friday, 11 March 2016 19:14

Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime protests

Bahrainis hold fresh anti-regime protests
Hundreds of Bahrainis took to the streets across the Persian Gulf kingdom Friday in a show of protest against the continued imprisonment of prominent religious scholar and opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman, voicing their anger over the presence of Saudi forces and demanding the downfall of Aal-e Khalifa minority regime.

According to Press TV, protesters staged a rally in the northwestern Bahraini village of Diraz, situated about 12 km southeast of the capital, Manama, following Friday prayers, demanding the freedom of Salman, who heads the country’s main opposition bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

The marchers, carrying portraits of Salman and Bahrain’s national flags, also called for a peaceful democratic transition in Bahrain, and denounced the Manama regime’s discrimination against different walks of the Bahraini nation.

Elsewhere in the coastal village of Malkiya, the demonstrators condemned the continued presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain, who were deployed to the country in March 2011 to assist the Bahraini regime in its crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy rallies.

The developments came only a day after a court in Bahrain sentenced three people to life in prison and handed down a jail term of 15 years to another over their alleged role in attacking a bus during an anti-regime protest more than a year ago.

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