Bahrain steps up campaign of arrest ahead of parliamentary elections
6 Nov 2018 12:41
Islam Times - Bahraini forces have stepped up arrests of political dissidents and anti-regime activists ahead of this month’s parliamentary elections in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
The regime’s forces on Monday stormed houses in the town of al-Dayeh west of the capital Manama, arresting six citizens, Bahrain’s Lulu TV reported.
Other reports suggested that Bahraini forces had also raided the districts of Hamad and Jad Hafs in search of dissidents.
The arrests come as Manama is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on November 24.
Earlier in October, Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which has been dissolved and banned from conducting any activity by the ruling Al Khalifah regime, announced a boycott of the kingdom’s upcoming elections.
In May, Bahrain’s parliament had approved a bill barring members of the al-Wefaq from running in elections, the latest step in the political crackdown.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom on February 14, 2011.
They are demanding that the Al Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and let a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.
Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.
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