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Bahrainis rally to protest raid on top Shia cleric’s house

Bahraini people have rallied to express their solidarity with prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim after his house was raided by security forces.

Dozens of people held demonstrations in the capital, Manama, and Saar village on Thursday after the Bahraini regime forces stormed the cleric’s house in the mostly Shia village of Diraz, west of the capital, on Tuesday. Regime forces also checked the identities of everyone inside the house.

The raid on the top Shia cleric’s house came after the Bahraini opposition boycotted the parliamentary elections which were held with a low turnout across the tiny kingdom.

Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for political reforms.

Manama’s heavy crackdown on protesters turned people’s demands for reforms into calls for the downfall of the regime.

Bahrain has been severely criticized by human rights groups for its harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters which has claimed the lives of scores of people so far.

Sheikh Qassim has repeatedly and openly criticized the Al Khalifah regime over its violent crackdown on anti-regime protests.

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