Bahraini people have once again taken to the streets in the Persian Gulf kingdom in protest against Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
The protests took place after Friday prayers in several regions, including the villages of Karzakan, Ma’ameer, Hamalah, Diraz, Sanabis and Dair.
The protesters held pictures of Sheikh Nimr and banners in condemnation of the Saudi and Bahraini regimes.
The al-Khalifah regime’s forces also fired tear gas and birdshots at the defied young people in Nuwaidrat village and Sitra Island.
The Friday’s protests were the latest in a series of similar demonstrations that have turned violent following the execution of Sheikh Nimr earlier this month.
Meanwhile, civil societies also held a stand-in-protest in the city of Tyre in southern Lebanon in condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr, Lebanese sources said.
On January 2, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that Sheikh Nimr had been put to death along with 46 others who were convicted of being involved in “terrorism.”
The cleric’s execution has drawn strong public and political reactions around the world.
Sheikh Nimr, a critic of the Riyadh regime, was shot by Saudi police and arrested in 2012 in Qatif, which was the scene of peaceful anti-regime demonstrations at the time.
He was charged with instigating unrest and undermining the kingdom’s security. He had rejected all the charges as baseless
In 2014, a Saudi court sentenced Nimr to death, provoking widespread global condemnations. The sentence was upheld last March by the appeals court of Saudi Arabia.