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Bahrainis rap death sentences, hefty jail terms for anti-regime activists

The demonstrators marched along the streets in the northern village of al-Musalla on Friday, denouncing the ruling Al Khalifah regime for the heavy-handed crackdown on the dissidents. They also voiced their solidarity with anti-regime activists.

The protesters also confirmed that the Manama regime’s repressive measures would not deter them from pressing on with their democratic demands, noting that their perseverance would eventually lead to victory.

The marchers shouted slogans in support of distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, whom the Al Khalifah regime has stripped of citizenship and is going to put on trial on charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism.” Sheikh Qassim has strongly denied the allegations.

They described the 77-year-old clergyman as their red line, saying they will firmly support him.

The protesters also condemned the Al Khalifah regime for the death of 17-year-old Mustafa Hamdan, who was shot and critically injured by the Bahraini regime forces during a sit-in near Sheikh Qassim’s residence in the northwestern village of Diraz on January 26.

 

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