Bahrain suspends main Shiite opposition group

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https://www.rt.com/news/346673-bahrain-opposition-group-suspended/

Bahrain’s largest opposition Shiite group, Al-Wefaq, has been closed down by a local court in the midst of a widening crackdown on activists that took part in the 2011 Arab Spring protests by the country’s Sunni-ruled government.

Bahrain’s Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that it had decided to suspend Al-Wefaq, the country’s Shiite political group, to “safeguard the security of the kingdom,” AP reported.

“Two hours after a petition to stop the activities of al-Wefaq and to close its office, the administrative court swiftly approved the [justice] minister’s request,” lawyer Abdallah Shamlawi said on Twitter.

The court has ordered the party’s offices closed and its assets frozen, setting October 6 as the date for a hearing on the party’s “liquidation,” meaning that the kingdom’s largest opposition group could be entirely dissolved, Shamlawi later said.

“It was out of the blue,” he asserted, before adding that Al-Wefaq would “presumably” appeal the ruling.

The court’s decision comes a day after the detention of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), who is known as an outspoken advocate of political freedoms.

Earlier in May, a Bahrain’s appeals court more than doubled a prison term for Al-Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman, who is now facing nine years in prison – up from the current four. He was charged over allegations that include incitement and insulting the Interior Ministry.

Al-Wefaq draws its support from the country’s Shiite majority, which seeks political representation in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

In Bahrain’s 2010 general election, Al-Wefaq won 18 of 40 parliamentary seats, having secured 64 percent of the popular vote. One year later, it pulled out of parliament after two protesters were killed by the Bahraini police during a Bahrain uprising.

Anti-government protests have been taking place on and off in Bahrain since the outbreak of Arab Spring protests in 2011 that toppled rulers across the region. The Bahrain government responded to protests with crackdowns and coercion.

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there will be no opposition in a democracy!

“Bahrain’s Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that it had decided to suspend Al-Wefaq, the country’s Shiite political group, to “safeguard the security of the kingdom,” AP reported.”

lol?

“The court has ordered the party’s offices closed and its assets frozen, setting October 6 as the date for a hearing on the party’s“liquidation,” meaning that the kingdom’s largest opposition group could be entirely dissolved, Shamlawi later said.”

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~ by seeker401 on June 20, 2016.

One Response to “Bahrain suspends main Shiite opposition group”

  1. Iran general warns Bahrain after Shia cleric stripped of citizenship

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36578844

    The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has suggested there could be armed resistance in Bahrain after the Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom’s top Shia cleric was stripped of his citizenship.
    Gen Qassem Soleimani said Bahrain’s action against Sheikh Isa Qassim could “set the region on fire”.
    Bahrain accused the cleric of using his position to “serve foreign interests”, promoting “sectarianism and violence”.
    Thousands of protesters have gathered near his home.
    They chanted slogans denouncing King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and the government. Bahrain’s interior ministry has warned against any protests.
    “The al-Khalifa [rulers of Bahrain] surely know their aggression against Sheikh Isa Qassim is a red line and that crossing it would set Bahrain and the whole region on fire, and it would leave no choice for people but to resort to armed resistance,” Gen Soleimani said in a statement released by the semi-official Fars news agency.
    Earlier, Iran’s foreign ministry also criticised the move.

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