People in Bahrain held rallies in different parts of the country in protest at the Al Khalifa regime’s continued crackdown on peaceful dissent.
One of the rallies was held at al-Diraz village near Manama where leading Shia cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim lives.
They chanted slogans in solidarity with the cleric, who was stripped of his citizenship by the regime back in June.
Meanwhile, as in previous weeks, the regime forces prevented Shia Muslims from taking part in Firday prayers at Imam Sadiq (AS) Mosque in al-Diraz village.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.
Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.
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