TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Senior Bahraini opposition figures on Wednesday attended a press conference at the Press Shia Agency News Agency’s headquarters in Tehran to speak to Iranian and foreign media outlets about the latest developments in the Persian Gulf country.

Seyed Morteza al-Sendi, a senior member of Al-Wafa’a Islamic Party, and Abdul Ghani Al-Khanjar, spokesman for Bahrain’s Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy have attended the press conference which began at 10 a.m. (local time).

The two figures will express their views about various issues, including the upcoming elections in Bahrain and the stance of the opposition groups.    

Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.

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

Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.

Since 1980s, the ruling Al Khalifa regime has been trying to change the Kingdom’s demographic structure which largely consists of Shiites.