TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Bahraini people took to the streets across the country to mark the seventh anniversary of the popular uprising amid a heavy-handed crackdown by Al Khalifa regime forces to curb the anti-government rallies.

Bahrainis are marking the anniversary of their February 14, 2011 revolution in various parts of the country in response to the religious scholars’ call for holding anti-regime demonstrations.

The protesters chanted anti-regime slogans and underlined that they will continue protests until their demands are met.

Bahrain’s top religious scholars or the Ulama in a statement released on Tuesday called for greater participation in Wednesday’s demonstrations to protest Al Khalifa totalitarian regime.

The uprising in Bahrain began on February 14, 2011. Protesters initially called for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy. However, the demand later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores of people have been killed in the crackdown and security forces have arrested hundreds including doctors and nurses. Dozens of demonstrators have also been sentenced to jail terms for attending street protests.

International human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the Manama regime for its excessive use of force against peaceful protesters.