Bahrain launches aggressive campaign against Ashura

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SHAFAQNA – Activists on social media said that the Bahraini Interior Ministry’s security forces continued to take down on Tuesday (October 13, 2015) banners and flags for the Ashura season which the country’s Shiite majority commemorates each year.

Some information stated that the security forces took down the Ashura banners in the villages of Shahrkan, Al-Malkiya, Sehla, Bu Quwah and Isa Town.

The Shiite majority in the island kingdom complains of discrimination practiced against them and marginalization, while human rights organizations say that the authorities since the eruption of widespread protests in 2011 led by the Shiite majority worked on restricting Shiite religious freedom.

The Bahraini authorities also demolished 38 Shiite mosques in 2011, according to a report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) appointed by the king, which documented as well as the systematic targeting of the Shiite sect on government media outlets and by security forces.

 

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