Bahrainis demand release of political prisoners

Anti-regime protesters in Bahrain have taken to the streets to show their solidarity with political activists jailed by the Al Khalifa regime.

The protests took place in different parts of the country, including Eker, al-Qaryyah and the northeastern island of Sitra on Sunday night, with demonstrators chanting slogans against Al Khalifa.

The protests come in the wake of a fresh regime crackdown on anti-government politicians and activists.

On Saturday, Abdulrahman al-Sayyed, Bahrain’s prosecutor general, referred former Shia lawmaker Khalil Marzooq to court on charges of what he called “inciting terrorist crimes.”

Marzooq, who is the deputy leader of the al-Wefaq, Bahrain’s main opposition party, was arrested on September 17.

On October 3, another court sentenced four anti-regime activists to life in prison on charges of blowing a bomb near the capital, Manama.

The verdict brought to 95 the number of pro-democracy protesters sentenced to lengthy jail terms. They were arrested for being involved in protests and seeking to overthrow the Manama regime.

The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011. Protesters initially called for political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising began in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

By Press TV


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