Bahraini protesters have held a rally to condemn the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen while a new lawsuit has been filed against the country’s top opposition figure over his criticism of Bahrain’s contribution to the aggression.
Bahrainis took to the streets on Sunday in the village of Musalla in the al-Daih district near the capital Manama to protest against Saudi Arabia’s invasions of Yemen. They carried banners reading, “Stop the war on Yemen.”
The protesters also criticized the Arab countries, including the Manama regime, for joining the Saudi onslaught against the Yemeni people.
Salman charged over Saudi invasion
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s prosecutor general has filed a new lawsuit against the country’s top opposition figure Sehikh Ali Salman after he issued a statement condemning Manama’s assistance to the Saudi aggression on Yemen.
On Sunday, the Bahrain News Agency quoted Advocate General Wael Boalley as saying that an investigation into a statement by Salman on the issue had been completed. The report said that a deputy for Salman, who is the secretary general of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has also been questioned over his role in preparing the statement.
The report said the statement has led to new charges against Salman, and he is now accused of “deliberately disseminating lies, spreading rumors and propaganda that may harm the military operations of the armed forces, and defaming foreign countries publicly.”
Salman was arrested in December 2014 on charges of seeking to overthrow the regime. His remand has been extended three times and he is expected to go to trial on April 22.
Scores arrested in Sitra
In a separate development, 18 citizens were arrested in a massive raid on tens of houses by regime forces in Bahrain’s Sitra Island.
According to al-Wefaq’s Arabic-language website, the people were arrested in Sitra’s Bani Jamra district, south of Manama, early Sunday. Regime forces also assaulted a seminary school in the Abu Saiba neighborhood.
Bahrain has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa regime since early 2011, when an uprising began in the kingdom. Since then, thousands of protesters have held numerous rallies in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
The Manama regime 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.