12 held for Bahrain demonstrations near Shiite cleric’s home

Friday 12th Aug 2016
A supporter holds photo of Bahrain's leading Shi'ite cleric Isa Qassim during a sit-in outside his home in the village of Diraz west of Manama, Bahrain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

A supporter holds photo of Bahrain’s leading Shi’ite cleric Isa Qassim during a sit-in outside his home in the village of Diraz west of Manama, Bahrain June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

12 people have been arrested and charged with unlawful assembly over demonstrations near the home of a Shiite cleric, in a move to crack down on unlawful and violent “protests”.

The Bahrain News Agency reported the charges Wednesday, saying the 12 were arrested in Diraz. That’s where protesters have held a sit-in and demonstrated in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim, who lost his citizenship in June over government allegations he fanned extremism.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said six of the 12 were Shiite clerics.


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