SHAFAQNA – A demonstration was held on Friday in Diraz in west of the Bahraini capital of Manama as protestors held the photos of the five martyrs who fell while defending the residence of Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem against the regime crackdown who savagely stormed the area.
The Bahraini scholars issued on Friday in which they urged the civilians to remain ready to defend themselves and their leader and to face the regime’s aggression on their religious beliefs and practices, considering that Diraz blockade targets all the nation and its religion.
Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, calling on the al-Khalifa rulers to relinquish power.
In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, themselves repressive Arab regimes, were deployed to the country to assist Manama in its crackdown on protests. Hundreds of Bahraini activists have been imprisoned and suppressed.
Bahraini regime forces stormed into the residence of Sheikh Qassem, the spiritual leader of the country’s Shiite majority in the village of Diraz, arresting everyone inside the house.
According to reports, at least five people were killed in the raid, and over 280 others were arrested.