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Mass Civil Disobedience Planned in Bahrain Next Week

Bahrain’s opposition groups called on the people of the Persian Gulf country to stage more demonstrations and take part in a civil disobedience campaign in protest at the Manama regime’s continued crackdown on the peaceful protests.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Bahraini revolutionary groups announced that the civil disobedience campaign will start on Tuesday, March 14, and last until Wednesday morning.

They called on the Bahraini people to participate in the mass protest in solidarity with Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Shiites in the Arab kingdom, as Manama plans to hold the trial of the top cleric on March 14.

The statement asked students to refuse to go to schools or universities on Tuesday and instead, pour into streets and gather in front of the house of Sheikh Qassim in Diraz, west of Manama.

The trial session of Sheikh Qassim had been scheduled on February 27 but was adjourned until March 14 after the prominent cleric refused to appear in court.

It came as dozens of the cleric’s supporters continued their sit-in in front of his house in the restive tow of Diraz, west of Manama.

The Bahraini regime announced on June 20, 2016, that it had revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Qassim. The regime later said it would put the senior cleric on trial on charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism”.

Sheikh Qassim’s previous trials had also been postponed after the prominent cleric did not appear in court.

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