Bahraini protesters slam Al Khalifa regime’s ban on Friday prayers
Dozens of Shia Muslims have staged a demonstration in Bahrain to condemn a regime-imposed ban on holding Friday prayers in the country and to denounce the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on the majority Shia community.
On Friday, the protesters marched along the streets in the northwestern village of Diraz, situated about 12 kilometers (seven miles) west of the capital, Manama, after Bahraini regime forces closed roads leading to the Imam Sadiq Mosque and refused to allow Muslims to converge at the place of worship.
The worshipers insisted on their right to perform religious rituals without the regime’s interference, demanding an end to the ongoing sectarian discrimination against them.
Bahraini authorities have either arrested or summoned more than a dozen Shia clerics over the past few weeks.
Bahraini Shia clerics, in a statement titled “Those Barred from Praying” released on June 16, condemned the Manama regime’s efforts to restrict Shia Muslims’ freedom of religion and belief, describing the situation in the country as “deplorable.”
The statement said that the Al Khalifah regime’s systematic suppression of Bahraini Shia Muslims had reached its highest level ever, and members of the kingdom’s largest religious community felt insecure and faced threats of arrest and prosecution if they sought to observe their religious rituals, primarily Friday and other congregational prayers.