Continue protest, Jailed opp. leader tells Bahrainis

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Bahrain
Friday, 09 January 2015

Incarcerated Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman calls on people to press ahead with their anti-regime protests.

In a short phone conversation with his family, Sheikh Salman, who leads the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, said people’s demands are legitimate.

Bahraini forces detained Salman on December 28, two days after he was re-elected as the party’s leader.

He was remanded in custody on January 5 for two more weeks, pending an investigation into charges, including seeking to change the regime by force.

The arrest has sparked massive public anger in the tiny Persian Gulf sheikdom.

On Thursday, Bahraini regime forces launched another heavy-handed crackdown on protesters who had taken to the streets in the capital city of Manama to protest against Salman’s detention.

The troops attacked the protesters and tried to disperse them with tear gas and rubber bullets. Some protesters were severely injured during the crackdown.

Al-Wefaq has said regime forces use excessive force against peaceful protesters. It has said they shot people directly in the head during a protest in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb of Manama on Thursday.

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

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