Bahrain Regime Demolishes Shiite Mosque for Second Time
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According local reports, on Sunday regime forces destroyed Imam Al-Askari AS mosque in roundabout 22 in Hamad Town, the only mosque in the region. Residents had rebuilt the mosque after it was demolished by the repressive regime.
Bulldozers and demolition machines destroyed the mosque without a prior notice. Military vehicle affiliated to the interior ministry accompanied the bulldozers.
Residents had rebuilt the mosque temporarily and supplied it with a generator from their own money.
During the 2011 Bahraini uprising, as many as 43 Shiite mosques and tens of other religious structures including graves, shrines and Hussainiyas (religious halls) were intentionally destroyed or damaged by the West-backed Al Khalifa regime. The widespread action in Shiite villages across this island was seen as part of the regime's crackdown on Shiite Muslims who constitute the majority in the Sunni-ruled country.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights has classified the widespread cultural destruction as "crimes of genocide under the UN Convention on Genocide (1948).
Anti-regime protests have been held in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular Islamic Awakening uprising began in the country in 2011. The Al Khalifa regime has used an iron fist to silence dissent.
In March 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — themselves repressive Arab regimes — were deployed to aid Bahrain in its brutal crackdown. Many people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or been arrested and illegally detained while many have seen their citizenship revoked.
The tiny Persian Gulf kingdom is an ally of the US and Britain with the two Western powers having military bases in the country.