Feb 14, 2020 16:06 UTC
  • In nationwide move, protesters mark 9th anniversary of Bahrain uprising

Thousands of people have staged nationwide demonstrations across Bahrain on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the popular uprising against the ruling of the minority Aal-e Khalifah regime.

Demonstrators took to the streets in the capital Manama as well as the village of Sanabis, which lies in the suburbs of Manama, the northwestern village of Diraz, located about 12 km southeast of the capital, Bilad al-Qadeem suburb of Manama and the village of Tubli, west of the island of Sitra.

They called for the immediate release of the 54-year-old prominent religious scholar and Secretary General of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman, and other political prisoners.

On January 28, 2019, the Supreme Court of Bahrain controlled by the regime upheld a life sentence against the opposition leader over allegations of spying for Qatar.

The London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy condemned the ruling at the time.

Bahraini political activist Abdulwahab Hussain Ali Ahmed Esmael, center, participates in an anti-regime demonstration in Manama, February 14, 2020. (Photo via Twitter)

“This is political revenge and an insult to justice,” said Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the group's director of advocacy.

“Punishing peaceful dissidents for leading protests against the corrupt ruling family has nothing to do with justice. This verdict shames Bahrain's rulers and their allies …, namely the US and UK.”

Demonstrations in Bahrain have been held on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011.

The participants demand that the Aal-e Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.