Instability In Bahrain: Security Forces Raid Town Of Diraz, Open Fire At Protesters

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On Tuesday, security forces raided the town of Diraz in northwestern Bahrain, clashing with proterstors in the area.

According to reports, a large number of armoured vehicles entered the town. The police used tear gas and shotguns against porterstors, killing from 1 to 2 persons and injuring dozens others.

Representatives of the Bahraini government said that security forces made several arrests, but didn’t comment on the reports about casualties among civilians, according to Reuters.

The security forces operation followed the Sunday court decision to give Sheikh Isa Qassim a year’s suspended prison sentence and seizing assets belonging to him. He was accused of the illegal collection of funds and money laundering.

According to the Iranian state-run media outlet Press TV, “the charges emanate from the collection of an Islamic donation called Khums, which in Shia Islam is collected and spent by a senior cleric in the interests of the needy.”

Sheikh Isa Qassem is the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority and native of Diraz. Last June, he was stripped of the citizenship over accusations that he used his position to serve foreign interests and promote “sectarianism” and “violence.” He denied the allegations and his supporters called the trial politically motivated.

Instability In Bahrain: Security Forces Raid Town Of Diraz, Open Fire At Protesters

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Instability In Bahrain: Security Forces Raid Town Of Diraz, Open Fire At Protesters

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  • MeMadMax

    I’ve been there before…

    “Instability” is a constant with that place.

  • Expo Marker

    The reason Bahrain was not protesting in 2011 during the Arab Spring was due to Saudi mercenaries putting down protests and the world conveniently ignoring Bahrain and focusing on Syria and Libya.

    • Justin Ryan

      100% correct. Keep in mind that Bahrain is majority Shiia but Sunni ruled. uS fifth fleet based there too. So while the US was supporting civilian uprisings during the Arab spring, they quietly quelled the uprising in Bahrain.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    B-2 is on the way …

    Oh wait!