A senior member of Bahrain's Islamic Ulema Council disclosed that the al-Khalifa regime has granted citizenship to over 120,000 foreign mercenaries.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - "Granting political citizenship to foreigners has destroyed Bahrain's national identity because over 120,000 foreign mercenaries have received citizenship," Sheikh Mohammad Khojasteh said on Monday.
Stressing that the political crisis in Bahrain is the result of differences between the ruling system and the dissidents, he said, "There is no difference between the revolutionaries and people in the country."
He voiced regret that the Bahraini people have been taken hostage by the al-Khalifa, Khojasteh underlined that the regime in Manama will collapse in the future.
Bahrain has been the scene of almost daily demonstrations against the Al-Khalifa rule since mid-February 2011, when a popular uprising began in the tiny Persian Gulf country.
Protesters are demanding that the ruling dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
The regime in Manama has spared no effort to clamp down on dissidents and rights activists. Scores of people have lost their lives and thousands of others have ended behind bars during the suppression campaign.
In a latest development, hundreds of people staged separate demonstrations across Bahrain on Friday to honor slain political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners, and denounce the ruling Al-Khalifa regime’s repressive measures.
People took to the streets in the village of Sanabis in the suburbs of the capital, Manama, carrying national flags and banners in commemoration of those killed at the hands of Bahraini regime mercenaries.
The participants also demanded the downfall of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.