Bahraini civilians have once again staged anti-regime protests in various cities of the Arab country to express their support for Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the Shia majority in the kingdom.
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets on Monday night in various cities and villages, including the hometown of Qassim, Diraz, located west of Manama.
The protesters urged the Al Khalifa ruling family to hand over to bodies of the martyrs who were recently killed by regime troops in Diraz. They also expressed solidarity with the prominent Shia cleric.
Last week, in an attack on supporters of Sheikh Qassim in Diraz, regime forces shot dead six demonstrators, wounded dozens of people and arrested over 280.
The raid came after a Bahraini court ruling on May 21 that sentenced Qassim to one year in jail.
The ruling also confiscated Qassim’s properties worth three million Bahraini dinars (near $8 million).
Sheikh Qassim also has to pay a fine of 100,000 Bahraini dinars (about $265,000).
Bahrain has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling dynasty since early 2011, with regime’s forces resorting to harsh measures against protesters.
Ever since, dozens of Bahraini civilians have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown of the peaceful protests.