Bahraini regime has arrested and charged 12 people in the Bahraini village of Diraz for taking part in demonstrations held outside the house of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim.
Six of the twelve people who were arrested in the village of Diraz were Shia clerics, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said on Wednesday.
Bahraini Shia clerics attended a demonstration against the revocation of the citizenship of the top Bahraini Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim on June 20 near his house in the village of Diraz, West of Manama.
The protests came after Bahraini authorities striped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, a few days after suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society which is the country’s main opposition bloc. The regime also dissolved the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Sheikh Qassim and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.
Several demonstrations have been held outside Sheikh Qassim’s house over the past few weeks to denounce his citizenship removal.
Since 2011 thousands of people took to streets to call on Al Khalifa rulers to give up power. Numerous demonstrations have been held in Bahrain on an almost daily basis.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent troops to help the Bahraini regime in tits crackdown on protesters.
Al Khalifa regime has also improsed Sheikh Ali Salman, a top cleric, on charges of seeking regime change and having links with foreign powers, which he has denied.