Top Bahraini clerics have once again expressed solidarity with the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, and denounced the ruling al-Khalifah regime’s violent crackdown on demonstrators.

In a statement released on Saturday, the clerics called on Bahrainis to support Sheikh Qassim, a 77-year-old cleric who is the spiritual leader of the country’s dissolved opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Arabic-language Lualua TV network reported.

They also urged the Bahraini people to back the Shia cleric until the last drops of their blood.

Dozens of people also staged a rally on Saturday in the northern village of Abu Saiba to voice their support for the prominent cleric.

Sheikh Qassim has been stripped of his citizenship by Bahraini authorities on June 20, 2016. Following this, they dissolved the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association and the Islamic Enlightenment Institution, which was founded by the cleric.

The Bahrani regime has leveled charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism” against Sheikh Qassim. This is while he has strongly rejected the charges.

Meanwhile, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom in mid-February 2011. The demonstrators are demanding that the al-Khalifa dynasty relinquish power and allow a democratic system representing all Bahraini people to be established.