Scores of Bahraini protesters took to the streets to express their solidarity with senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and other political prisoners, denouncing Yemeni regime for its crackdown on opposition.

The protesters staged a rally in hometown of the opposition cleric in the northwestern Diraz village, located approximately 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, on Friday, demanding the immediate release of political figures imprisoned by the Al Khalifa regime.

Bahraini protesters also condemned the regime’s persecution of the Shia community and the regime’s decision to impose a ban against Friday prayers in the village.

They also insisted on their rights to freedom of religion and belief, and voiced dissent at the regime’s efforts to put pressure on them.

Bahraini authorities, on June 20, stripped the 79-year-old Shia cleric of his citizenship. The decision came less than a week after suspending the al-Wefaq National Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Qassim, and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.

Several demonstrations have been held outside Sheikh Qassim’s house over the past few months to denounce his citizenship removal.

Since 2011, thousands of protesters 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 its crackdown on protesters.