Struggle to defend religion just started: Bahraini clerics

Bahraini clerics have hailed the endeavors made by anti-government protesters who resist the Al Khalifah regime’s heavy crackdown on dissent, saying their struggle to save their religion has just started.

“The battle for the defense of religion is not over, it has just started,” the Bahraini clerics said in a statement released on Friday, adding that Islam and their Persian Gulf island country needed those who would “sacrifice” their lives for this cause.

The statement came three days after the Al Khalifah regime launched a full-scale military raid on the northwestern village of Diraz, situated some 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, to suppress a growing protest staged in solidarity with the top cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shia majority.

During the raid in Diraz, Qassim’s hometown, regime forces killed at least five demonstrators, wounded dozens and arrested over 280 people during the crackdown, which took place shortly after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah in the Saudi capital Riyadh.