Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, says the Manama regime is killing all opportunities to end the ongoing crisis in the country by taking political figures into custody.
“The Bahraini authority is wasting each and every opportunity for political solution by arresting opposition leaders,” the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said in a statement on Monday a day after the arrest of Jameel Kadhim.
Kadhim, who had been released from jail for two weeks on bail, was returned to prison by Bahraini authorities on Sunday.
The opposition figure, who heads the Shura Council of al-Wefaq, was arrested last month after he posted a photograph on social media to protest the process of parliamentary elections in the Persian Gulf state, Bahrain’s al-Merat website reported.
“The arrest of Sayed Jameel Kadhim, who was heading the opposition’s delegation in the previous dialogues, demonstrates a practical refusal by the authority to the principle of dialogue. Further, this measure is a repression of freedom of expression and political activism,” the al-Wefaq statement added.
The statement further said “the regime’s continued escalation of repression reflects a deep gap between the Authority and the opposition and people of Bahrain.”
The Shia opposition bloc said despite the crackdown on political dissent, the anti-regime protests will continue unabated across the kingdom, adding, “Nonetheless, putting opposition leaders and dissidents in jail will not end the peaceful political demands movement in Bahrain.”
“Peaceful movement until victory”
In a press briefing prior to his arrest, Kadhim told his followers to continue a “peaceful and civilized movement until victory” is reached, promising to continue his struggles in prison.
Human Rights Watch has called for the release of Kadhim as well as al-Wefaq National Islamic Society’s Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman, who has been under arrest since December last year on charges of inciting regime change. He denies the charges.
Bahrainis have been holding numerous protests in the past few days to mark the fourth anniversary of their 2011 uprising against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.
Demonstrators are seeking the downfall of the Al Khalifa regime and establishment of a democratically-elected government.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.