Why US Interests Are More Important Than Bahraini Lives | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Why US Interests Are More Important Than Bahraini Lives

Bahrain's main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has censured the recent jail terms handed down to scores of people over taking part in a sit-in in 2017.
Al-Wefaq has condemned Manama’s judiciary of convicting innocent people after a court handed down prison terms to 167 Bahrainis for holding a sit-in in protest at the regime’s decision to revoke the citizenship of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim almost two years ago.

The movement has called on the international community to wake up and take note of the human rights violation unfolding in Bahrain. The defendants convicted have received sentences ranging from one to 10 years behind bars. They were charged with rioting and taking part in an illegal gathering.

On May 23, 2017, the Al Khalifah regime forces raided the village of Diraz, which had been under a military siege for almost a year, and stormed into the home of Sheikh Isa Qassim, putting the cleric under house arrest. The ailing cleric has since left the country to receive medical treatment. During the crackdown, regime forces killed at least five demonstrators, wounded dozens and arrested over 280 people.

What’s sad in all this is that the regime’s justice system instead of trying those who killed innocent protesters, unarmed citizens and shot them with live rounds alive in cold blood has done the opposite. It has imprisoned many protesters, stripped the cleric of his citizenship, and later dissolved the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Sheikh Qassim as well as the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.

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