Shaikh Salman’s Arrest to Make Opposition Voice Heard Louder: Iranian MP
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker emphasized that the arrest of the Bahraini opposition leader not only cannot stop the country’s popular uprising but also will make protesters’ voice heard louder.
“The Bahraini regime should be aware that it cannot stop the country’s revolution by arresting religious figures,” Mohammad Esmaili, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told the Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.
He made the remarks in reference to the recent arrest of the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition party al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman.
“The Bahraini regime’s violations of human rights will not silence protesters, but will make their voice hear louder,” the Iranian parliamentarian added.
He also voiced the Iranian nation’s support for the rightful demands of Bahraini people, and said, “The Iranian parliament and administration will spare no effort to defend the Bahraini people.”
The remarks came after about 40 international human rights organizations demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Salman.
Al Khalifa authorities detained the religious figure on Sunday after long hours of investigation.
Sheikh Salman’s lawyer has asserted that his client is charged with “provoking hatred for the ruling regime and attending illegal demonstrations”.
Following the massive anti-regime protests held on Friday, Bahrain's Interior Ministry had ordered Salman to appear before police investigators on Sunday without providing any explanation as to why the summons was issued.