Bahram Qassemi

Iran urges Bahrain to stop heavy-handed tactics against public dissent

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry asked Manama officials to show the minimum level of tolerance needed in dealing with the Bahraini people’s peaceful demands and put an immediate end to increasing crackdown on public dissent.

“We have advised the Bahraini officials to treat their people with more self-restraint, patience and tolerance and refrain from police and security policies,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

“We have called on the Bahraini government not to resort to policing policies, try to settle the problems domestically and avoid projecting the blame for problems on others,” he added.

Stressing that Iran has full respect for non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, Qassemi, meantime, said that Tehran is also sensitive to the fate of the Muslims in every corner of the world based on its constitution, principles and criteria.

The al-Khalifa regime is exerting mounting pressure on the opposition.

Bahrain has been in the throes of an uprising since February 2011, when hundreds of thousands of protesters took over a Central roundabout in the capital Manama and demanded political and democratic reform in the authoritarian kingdom.

Bahraini authorities backed by Persian Gulf allies, specially Saudi Arabia, violently broke up the protests, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people, and since then rallies have continued and human rights groups have accused the kingdom of imprisoning and torturing thousands of activists. Hundreds of others have gone missing without any trace or state explanation.

By Fars News Agency