Demonstrators stage anti-government protests in Bahrain


MANAMA, Bahrain – Demonstrators have taken to the streets in Bahrain to voice their strong determination to press ahead with the peaceful campaign for the establishment of democracy in the Persian Gulf country.

On Thursday, protesters staged a rally in the village of Buri, which lies southwest of the capital, Manama, carrying images of slain pro-democracy activists as well as Bahrain’s national flags.

The marchers further vowed not to relinquish their struggle for justice and democracy until their legitimate demands are met.

Additionally, protesters staged a rally in the town of A’ali, situated about three kilometers (1.8 miles) southeast of the capital, in a show of protest against the continued imprisonment of prominent Shia cleric and opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman.

The marchers, carrying portraits of Salman and Bahrain’s national flags, demanded the freedom of Salman, who heads the country’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.

They also called for a peaceful democratic transition in Bahrain.

Sheikh Salman was arrested in December 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the Manama regime and collaborating with foreign powers. He denies the charges, saying he has been seeking reforms in the kingdom through peaceful means.