The security forces of Bahrain have summoned several Shia Muslim clerics for interrogation as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown ahead of the day of Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Husayn, the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Human rights activists, requesting anonymity, said that Bahraini security officials have summoned Sheikh Issa al-Mu’min, Sheikh Ali Ashour, Sheikh Aqeel al-Ghanimi, Sheikh Jassim al-Damistani, Sayyid Maytham al-Muhafazah as well as Sheikh Mamdouh al-Aali for questioning, the Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
Earlier, Bahraini authorities had already summoned Sayyid Jaber al-Shahrakani, Sheikh Mohammad Ali al-Mahfuz, Sheikh Mohammad Ashour and Sheikh Zoheir al-Khal for similar interrogation.
They also arrested the Shia preachers Sheikh Menbar al-Ma’atouq and Sheikh Mohammad al-A’ajimi.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
The kingdom, which is led by a Wahhabi minority, has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.
On March 5, 2017, Bahrain’s parliament approved the trial of civilians at military tribunals in a measure blasted by human rights campaigners as being tantamount to the imposition of an undeclared martial law countrywide.
Bahraini monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah ratified the constitutional amendment on April 3, 2017.
The majority of the Bahraini people are Shia, but their religious, social and political freedom has been heavily curtailed by the Wahhabi royal dynasty of AL Khalifa, which originates from the Saudi heartland of Najd.
Source: Press TV