21 October 2016 - 15:24
News ID: 424460
Rasa - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Friday condemned the Thursday attacks by Bahraini security forces on the headquarters of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Bilad al-Qadeem.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

RNA - "The security and violent approaches adopted by the Bahraini government towards religious leaders and legal and moderate political societies that believe in peaceful political ways is a strategic and historic mistake made by the Bahraini regime," Qassemi said.


"We once again advise Bahraini authorities to put aside security approaches and resort to confidence-building measures to pave the way for interaction and consultations and an all-out serious dialogue (with opposition groups)," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.


Security forces raided Thursday the headquarters of Bahrain's biggest opposition society, The National Islamic Society, al-Wefaq in Bilad al-Qadeem, according to eyewitnesses.


Activists confirmed that security forces also raided the branch office of al-Wefaq Society in the Western Region, in the town of Malikiya. Photos circulated showed that the forces were confiscating the possessions and properties of the society, Bahrain Mirror reported.


Last September 22, the Bahraini Appeals Court supported a Civil Court ruling to close al-Wefaq's headquarters, and another ruling to dissolve and liquidate it. This came after [the Appeal Court] rejected an appeal filed by the society's lawyers, for not "having the capacity".


The step to close and dissolve al-Wefaq received international criticism by Bahrain's allies, among them Washington and London, in addition to other Western countries. Also, both the UN Secretary General and High Commissioner of Human Rights criticized this step.


The aforementioned step came as part of a package of extreme decisions taken against the opposition and Shiite majority, on top of which was revoking the citizenship of the Bahraini prominent opposition leader, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.


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