Bahraini people took to the streets across the country to express their solidarity with Sheikh Isa Qassim ahead of his planned trial.

Sheikh Qassim, the spiritual leader of Shias in the Persian Gulf country, was stripped of his citizenship by Bahraini regime in 2016. The regime later charged the senior cleric with “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism.”

Massive demonstrations were staged in various cities of Bahrain on Monday, with citizens shouting slogans in support of the Sheikh and condemning the al-Khalifa regime’s crackdown on clerics and dissidents.

The protests came days after Manama said it had once again adjourned the trial session of the senior cleric.

Meanwhile, some sources have said that the Bahraini regime intends to send Sheikh Qassim to exile in Turkey in an attempt to ease tensions.

Bahrain’s opposition groups have urged the citizens of the Arab country to participate in a civil disobedience campaign in support of Sheikh Qassim.

Revolutionary groups announced in a statement released on March 8 that the civil disobedience campaign will start on Tuesday, March 14, and will last until Wednesday morning.

The statement asked students to refuse to go to schools or universities on Tuesday and instead pour into streets in solidarity with the senior cleric.