TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Bahraini people from all walks of life staged rallies in various cities of the Persian Gulf country to condemn the recent Killing and displacement of Muslims in Myanmar as the UN said at least 270,000 Rohingya have fled northern Myanmar in the past two weeks.
Bahrainis staged the demonstrations in various districts on Friday to express their solidarity with the oppressed Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Arabic-language al-Manar reported.
At least 270,000 Rohingya have fled northern Myanmar into Bangladesh in the past two weeks, according to the United Nations refugee agency, roughly a third of all Rohingya living in the predominantly Buddhist country.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence, the UN said, according to media reports.
The Bahraini protesters also decried the Al Khalifa regime’s continued crackdown on Shiites and the military siege of the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the Shiite majority in Bahrain.
On May 23, Bahraini regime forces stormed into the residence of Sheikh Qassim in the village of Diraz, arresting everyone inside the house.
Reports suggest that the Bahraini top cleric is now under house arrest.
At least five people were reportedly killed in the raid, and over 280 others were arrested.
The raid came a few days after a Bahraini court sentenced Sheikh Qassim to one year in prison. Based on the verdict, the cleric’s properties worth three million Bahraini dinars (near $8 million) were also confiscated. Moreover, Sheikh Qassim was sentenced to pay a fine of 100,000 Bahraini dinars (about $265,000).
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with security forces resorting to harsh measures against demonstrators.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful protests.