Bahrainis Pour Into Streets for Nationwide Protests
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A large number of Bahraini protesters took to the streets across the country this morning as part of a movement known as 'Tamarrod'(Defiance) despite Manama regime's pledge to confront anti-regime rallies.
According to Tasnim dispatches, Bahraini people all over the Persian Gulf country announced their preparedness to step up nationwide campaigns today, and took part in huge protests at the request of Bahraini clerics and various political groups.
Today’s rallies as part of Tamarrod movement, which includes civil disobedience and widespread demonstrations, broke out hours ago when Al Khalifa forces clashed with a number of ralliers in different locations.
Protest marches in the capital city of Manama were earlier planned to take place in the evening, with the demonstrators scheduled to move towards iconic Martyrs (Lolo) Square and form a mass rally there.
But the Bahraini regime forces embarked on laying siege on all roads connecting the country’s villages to capital Manama to prevent protesters from entering the city.
The rallies came as Bahrain's King, whose kingdom has been rocked by protests since 2011, banned protests in Manama with an amendment to a law on public gatherings ahead of today’s opposition rallies.
The decree modifies the law to ban organizing protests, rallies, gatherings or sit-ins in Manama, with the exception of sit-ins outside offices of international organizations in the capital held with written police authorization.
Local authorities warned on Tuesday that the protests would come against the "force of the law" and would be severely punished.
The kingdom was rocked by protests in 2011. Although the government, backed by Saudi Arabia, managed to suppress the protests very quickly, near daily clashes between security forces and protesters still occur.
Tens of protesters have been killed in Bahrain since anti-regime protests erupted two years ago, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.
Young protesters frequently take to the streets in Manama and villages surrounding the capital.