May 30, 2016

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Bahrain court extends prison term for Shiite opposition leader (Deutsche-Welle, 5/30/16)

An appeals court in the Gulf country stretched the jail term for Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman from four years to nine. Salman was convicted on charges of disturbing the peace and inciting people to disobey the law. [...]

His al Wefaq group has been regularly campaigning for more equality for the majority Shiites in the Sunni-ruled country. "The people have always called for citizenship equality... without any discrimination based on ethnicity, color, religion or sect," the organization's clerics said in a statement. They also demanded the right to free elections and to choose their own government.

"This verdict says the ruling family has no interest in dialogue, sharing power or recognizing any views other than its own," US-based NGO Human Rights First said in a statement. "Keeping the leader of the main opposition group in jail does nothing to end Bahrain's political crisis and everything to stoke further instability in the region."

Instability is the goal.  The regime needs to be replaced with popular government.

Posted by at May 30, 2016 8:16 AM

  

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