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Iran condemns political crackdowns in Bahrain
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(55).jpgTEHRAN – Iran has condemned crackdowns on political activists in Bahrain for “baseless excuses” and called on the Manama government to address the legitimate demands of its people in a proper way.
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham made the remarks on Sunday following the arrest of Khalil al- Marzooq, the deputy leader of the Al-Wefaq which is Bahrain’s main opposition party.
 
Marzooq was detained on Tuesday on charges of inciting terrorism in a series of speeches, Reuters quoted the public prosecutor as saying.
 
“Escalating the security-police environment and the arrest and detention of political activists for baseless excuses will not only fail to resolve the existing problems, but also will further complicate them,” Afkham noted.   
 
She also expressed hope that Bahraini officials would take confidence-building measures and pave the way for constructive talks with the opposition to realize the legitimate demands of the people. 
 
MT/PA

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