Bahrainis rally in support of detained activists

Bahrainis rally in support of detained activists

HomeMiddle EastPersian Gulf Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:20AM

People in Bahrain have taken to the streets in different parts of the country in solidarity with activists detained by security forces.

They called for the immediate release of all prisoners detained as part of the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown on anti-government protests.

They also demanded the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

Salman was detained last December on charges including seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers. He denied the charges during his first court hearing on January 28.

His arrest has triggered condemnation inside and outside Bahrain, with leaders, governments and international organizations across the world calling for his immediate release.

His trial, initially scheduled for April 22, has been adjourned until May 20.

Last month, Amnesty International called on the Bahraini government to release all political prisoners.

Bahrain has been witnessing protests on an almost daily basis against Al Khalifa since early 2011, when an uprising began in the kingdom. Since then, thousands of protesters have held numerous rallies in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the royal family to relinquish power.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

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