Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Hojjatoleslam Seddiqi said, “The Bahraini people are deprived of their right to vote and the Al Khalifa regime strips off the country’s senior clerics of their nationality.”
The senior cleric also blasted the so-called advocates of human rights for supporting the Manama regime in its continued suppression.
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.