Earlier this month, Bahrain’s Wahabi rulers, the al-Khalifa family, imposed martial law and called in troops from fellow Wahabi-ruled Gulf neighbors, including top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, to quell weeks of unrest during pro-democracy protests led by mostly Shi’ite demonstrators.
Separately, military prosecutors banned media from reporting about suspects and cases linked to the martial law, state news agency BNA reported on Monday.
The severity of the crackdown, which banned all public gatherings and spread masked security forces across the city to man checkpoints, stunned Bahrain’s majority Shi’ites and angered the region’s Arab & non-Arab Shi’ite of Iran , Lebanon. Yemen, Kuwait , Azerbaijan , Pakistan, and India.
Wefaq said many Bahrainis, mostly Shi’ites, were being arrested at checkpoints or in house raids. In other cases, family members report that relatives simply do not return home, Wefaq member Mattar Ibrahim Mattar told Reuters by telephone.
“Just today and yesterday, we got calls from 35 families saying they lost contact with their relatives when they passed through a checkpoint,” Mattar said. “We don’t know what’s happened to them, authorities won’t say. In these conditions, we actually have to hope they were arrested.”
Bahraini officials were not immediately available to comment on Wefaq’s estimated number of those missing or arrested.
More than 80 percent of Bahrainis are Shi’ites and most are calling for a constitutional monarchy, but demands by hardliners for the overthrow of the monarchy have alarmed minority Wahabis, ruling in the Persian Gulf States of Kuwait , Oman, UAE , Qatar . Who are serving in the best interest of the US and the West .
Wefaq says most of those who were detained or went missing were not activists, though many political leaders were arrested in the days immediately following the March 16 crackdown.
A few of those who went missing turned up dead last week.
Meanwhile, leader of another opposition group told Press TV that protesters would continue with their rallies until their demands are met.
On Sunday, protesters once again poured into the streets of the capital city, Manama, despite the state of emergency imposed by King Hamad bin Al Khalifa on March 15.
Bahraini forces along with troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have stepped up their attacks against protesters.
The protests against the government began in mid-February. At least 24 people have been killed and about 1,000 others have been injured so far.
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