Iranian Cleric Blasts Al Khalifa’s Cruel Action against Sheikh Qassim
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran’s Friday prayers leader took a swipe at the Manama regime for stripping Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim of his Bahraini citizenship, describing the move as a sign of Al Khalifa’s frustration and helplessness.
Delivering a speech to worshipers in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Kazem Seddiqi slammed the Manama regime for committing treason against the nation instead of serving people.
He said the recent cruel move by the Manama regime is a reminder of the atrocities by Iran's deposed Shah (king), who became weaker by killing people, adding that the Al Khalifa and Al Saud are also going to suffer the same fate.
Ayatollah Seddiqi lashed out at the ruling family of Bahrain for responding to peaceful protests with bullets.
On Monday, the Manama ruling regime said the citizenship of Sheikh Qassim has been revoked, accusing him of sowing sectarian divisions.
Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.
Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.