Protesters in Bahrain have taken to the streets to condemn the Manama regime’s crackdown on dissent and show solidarity with the country’s political prisoners.
The demonstrators held pictures of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and Sheikh Ali Salman in different parts of the country.
They were calling for the immediate release of Sheikh Salman and other political prisoners.
Sheikh Salman was arrested in December 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime and having links to foreign powers. He was later sentenced to four years in prison.
Bahrain’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased his prison sentence to nine years on May 30, 2016.
He has denied the charges, stating that he has been seeking reforms in the country through peaceful means.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has repeatedly asked Bahraini government to free the prominent cleric.
Since his arrest, thousands of protestors have held rallies on numerous occasions in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom in 2011.
Also, on June 20, Bahraini officials stripped the 79-year-old cleric of his citizenship, a move which was followed by suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society – the country’s main opposition bloc – and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution which was founded by Qassim, as well as the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.