JNN 20 Jan 2014 Manama : Bahrain’s senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem said the main move that will pave the way for dialogue with the country’s ruling regime is the release of freedom-seekers held in prisons.
Ayatollah Qassem made the remark while delivering his Friday prayers sermons at Imam Sadeq (AS) Mosque in Manama on January 17, adding that reform comes with certain moves including the release of freedom-seekers.
He said the tone of the media in Bahrain should also change because some of the media spread hatred in society.
The senior cleric underlined that the crisis in Bahrain will not be resolved unless the nation’s demands are met.
He said ceremonial and shallow reforms based on dividing people into two groups of supporters and opponents will not help to resolve the crisis.
Bahrain has been the scene of demonstrations since mid-February 2011. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have staged numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power.
While Bahrain’s Council of Shia Scholars has urged for the immediate release of a Shia cleric detained by Al Khalifa regime.
The council issued a statement, expressing worries about the conditions of Sayyed Mahmodu Al-Musawi who was arrested by regime forces on Thursday, Al-Wefaq website reported.
“As of yet, there are no reports about the health conditions of this Shia cleric who was detained by the headsmen of Al Khalifa,” the statement read.
The council criticized how the regime forces treat the country’s scholars, and said storming the scholars’ houses and confiscating their properties run counter to human rights and will intensify the political crisis in the country.
Mahmoud Al-Musawi was detained in his home in Bani Jamara region on Thursday morning, January 9.
Regime forces searched his house and took away his computer, books and other personal items.
Al-Musawi is a cultural activist and an author who has written 20 books in different categories.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa regime to relinquish power.