Bahrain opposition parties condemn leader arrest

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Monday, 30 December 2013


ali salman1Bahraini opposition parties have condemned the Al Khalifa regime’s arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, the head of the main opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

In a statement released on Sunday, the coalition of National Democratic Opposition Parties condemned the move,

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

"> saying, the Al Khalifa regime targeted political activism and the freedom of expression and opinion in the kingdom.

On Saturday, Bahraini security forces arrested Sheikh Salman and questioned him, but the opposition leader was released on the same day after protesters gathered outside the leader’s home in a suburb of the capital Manama and elsewhere in the Persian Gulf country demanding his immediate release.

Also on Saturday, al-Wefaq said that Sheikh Salman was arrested for a "series of illegal measures, which comprised summonsing him to the office of criminal investigation and bringing him before a public prosecutor."

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.

On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.

According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

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