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Bahrain regime summons top cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim to court

Regime forces in Bahraini have handed a warrant to prominent cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim to appear in court, after clashing with supporters around his house.

Bahraini police forces used tear gas against Sheikh Qassim’s supporters around his residence in the western Diraz region of the country in a brutal effort to gain access to the doorway of the house on Wednesday.

The supporters of the cleric, who have been camping out at the area as a protective measure for his safety, called on more people from the local population to join them following the police raid.

The sit-in protest outside of the cleric’s home entered its 185th day on Wednesday.

Soon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — themselves repressive Arab dictatorships — deployed forces to Bahrain to assist the Manama regime’s crackdown on the peaceful protests.

Human rights groups have frequently censured the Al Khalifah regime for rampant human rights abuses against the opposition and anti-regime demonstrators.

The regime has imprisoned other senior clerics in the past.

Sheikh Ali Salman, one such figure, has been sentenced to nine years in jail in a sham trial, Press TV reported.

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