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Bahrainis rally outside Sheikh Qassim’s home for 59th consecutive day


In a show of support for prominent Sheikh Isa Qassim Bahrainis have held a protest outside his home for the 59th consecutive day to voice their protest over Manama’s revoking of his citizenship.

The demonstrators gathered outside the Shia cleric’s home in the village of Diraz and chanted slogans in his support on Wednesday.

They also called on the Manama regime to the immediate release all political prisoners in the country.

The latest sit-in was held just a week after the Bahraini regime arrested and charged 12 people for taking part in the protests held outside Sheikh Qassim’s home.


Protesters holding placards with images of leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim shout slogans during a protest in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, on August 17, 2016.

Over the past few weeks, demonstrators have held sit-ins outside Sheikh Qassim’s home to denounce his citizenship removal.


On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, less than a week after suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Qassim, and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.

Bahrain has also sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, another revered opposition cleric, to nine years in prison on charges of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers, which he has denied.

Sheikh Salman was the secretary general of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which was Bahrain’s main opposition bloc before being dissolved by the regime last month.

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