Rallies hit 18 districts across Bahrain

April 3, 2021 - 21:7

Protesters have taken to the streets in Bahrain to show solidarity with political prisoners and call for their immediate release as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its cruel clampdown on human rights advocates and opposition figures in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

On Friday evening, protesters staged rallies in more than 18 regions under the motto “Friday of Prisoners’ Rage” to denounce Bahraini authorities’ mistreatment of jailed activists, and their miserable conditions at detention centers especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The demonstrators carried Bahrain’s national flags and chanted anti-regime slogans in the villages of al-Malkiya, al-Maqsha, Southern Sehla, Diraz, Bu Quwah, and al-Dair as they called for the immediate release of the inmates, Press TV reported. 

The participants held Bahrain’s monarch King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah fully responsible for the wellbeing of prisoners of conscience being kept behind bars in crowded jails.

The protesters said the coronavirus outbreak has exacerbated the situation of the prisoners – some of whom have lost their lives to the highly contagious respiratory disease.

Bahrainis also held similar demonstrations in the villages of Abu Saiba, Shakhurah, al-Markh, Nuwaidrat, Shahrakan, and Tubli as well as Salmabad and Sanad towns, where they held up the pictures of their imprisoned loved ones as well as those of prominent opposition figures, including Zakia al-Barbouri, who was charged to five years in prison on February 6, 2019, and had her citizenship revoked in a politically-motivated case.

On Thursday, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim warned that political dissidents in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths and demanded their immediate release.  

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