UK rights activists have gathered outside Bahrain’s embassy in London to call on the British government and the rest of the international community to stand up to the Bahraini regime and stop its brutal treatment of anti-government protesters.
During the Wednesday event, activists held placards and signs that condemned Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifah family’s bloody crackdown in the town of Diraz and its surroundings, which began on Tuesday and has so far led to the death of at least six protesters.
Bahraini regime forces stormed the residence of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority in the village, arresting everyone inside the house.
“We have gathered here to express our fierce anger of the bloody crackdown by the Al Khalifah regime of the peaceful protesters in Diraz,” said former Bahraini MP Jalal Fairooz, who attended the event.
“It was very obvious that the king of Bahrain has returned from Riyadh with the green light from [US] President Trump and from Al Saud to crack down on the Shias and the opposition,” in his country, he added, pointing to the Bahraini monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah trip to Saudi Arabia to meet Trump and Saudi King Salman.